I retired from the De Anza full-time music faculty at the end of the spring 2017 term.
I am fortunate to have had a wonderful career in education and music, and I’m grateful to students and colleagues who have made teaching such a rewarding and meaningful experience. (During a reflective moment this spring I realized that more than 20,000 students have been in my classes!)
During a previous millennium I earned a Master of Music degree in Theory and Composition from San Jose State University where I studied electronic music with Allen Strange. As a student I worked closely with electronic instrument builder Don Buchla and performed live electronic music with Biome and The Electric Weasel Ensemble and others. As a professional trombonist I performed a wide variety of music ranging from rock to jazz and classical.
My first teaching assignment was in 1977-79 as a graduate student working as a para-professional teacher at Foothill College, where I taught sight singing and ear training labs. From 1979-1989 I was an adjunct faculty member at Foothill, De Anza, Ohlone, and Mission Colleges, teaching electronic music, introduction to music, music fundamentals, and music reading. I first taught at De Anza in the 1980 winter term after being hired to teach electronic music (using an old monophonic synth and an open-reel tape recorder), and I soon began to teach Introduction to Music classes. (Meanwhile I continued to work as a professional musician, and for a time I was the stage manager for the San Jose Symphony.)
I joined the De Anza full-time faculty in 1989, teaching mostly Electronic Music and Introduction to Music classes. During my tenure I was president of the Academic Senate, worked on many committees, led workshops for faculty and others, co-chaired accreditation self-study teams, taught the first online class at the college, and even created the first De Anza College website in the 1990s. I was an Apple Distinguished Educator, a participant in the New Media Consortium, and one of the original participants in the California @ONE project.
I am an award-winning published photographer working as G Dan Mitchell. I exhibit, sell prints, license photographs, and write on photographic subjects. My photography has been exhibited at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Valley, the annual Yosemite Renaissance exhibition, the Harvey Milk Photo Center, San Francisco ArtSpan Open Studios (where I exhibit with the night photography group Studio Nocturne SF), The Stellar Gallery, and other locations including public and private facilities in Death Valley National Park, the Carmel area, San Francisco, Chicago, and in Europe and Australia. My photographs appear in books and magazines, and I present talks on photographic subjects. I am the author of California’s Fall Color: A Photographer’s Guide to Autumn in the Sierra (Heyday Books, Berkeley), 2015.
Retirement from De Anza is a beginning rather than an ending. It feels a bit like graduating and heading out into the world all over again! My professional photography, now becomes my full-time focus.
From time to time I may update this page to share information about things I’m doing, projects I’m working on, places I’m visiting, and so forth. Check back if you are interested. Or not… ;-)
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