Kai Turnbull

Associate Professor
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  • Career Highlights


    • B.M., Berklee College of Music
    • Audio and MIDI programmer and sound design specialist
    • Composer and performer in the United States and his native Scotland
    • Appearance on National Radio, Scotland
    • Songwriter for Peer Music, BMI


In Their Own Words

"I entered the field of electronic music because of the unique approaches it offers to the songwriter. A modern song production, for example, can be significantly enhanced through the application of interesting sound design. Currently I have been studying the rich and diverse music of India and adapting concepts found in it to my own compositions. World music in general is gaining more exposure, and I think people's interest in this area will continue to grow over time."

"I try to approach my teaching from a variety of perspectives, since student learning styles are different. It's important to maintain a balance between linear thinking and the creative process, which is more intuitive. For me, what makes teaching interesting is emphasizing musical outcomes, so in my music technology classes I endeavor to show the student how the processes of logic and creativity can relate to one another."

"Technology is a tool and, ultimately, when mastered it can become transparent. It takes time and discipline to learn, of course, but this is no different from other musical skill sets. On the piano, for example, one develops technical proficiency through the practice of specific exercises and repertoire with the aim to ultimately express oneself fluently and effortlessly. It's the same way with music technology. You have to spend the time required to get the fundamentals—the principles that work behind it—to really know it inside and out, in order to support those unexpected and creative leaps of imagination."