About This Website
This website is for my music students at De Anza College. I post announcements and course materials here, including syllabi, calendars, assignments, assignment descriptions, and more. Look at the top of the page for links to your class, Electronic Music classes (Music 8 and Music 51) or Introduction to Music (Music 1A). You’ll also find a few other resources here. The “concert list” provides events that Music 1A students can attend for the concert report assignment. The “quote file” is… well, just take a look. ;-)
Except in the case of my course materials, this site does not necessarily represent official college or district information or policies.
This website is not hosted by De Anza College. For consistency I use an outside provider that supports a web content management system that I use for other web sites that I operate. I produce and maintain this website at my own personal expense, and no college funding is used for it. (As a result, the service providing free web hosting may occasionally insert commercial messages that I do not control nor necessarily endorse.)
About Dan Mitchell
Dan Mitchell’s first college teaching was during the 1977-78 and 1978-79 academic years, when he taught Sight Singing and Ear Training at Foothill College as a paraprofessional teacher while completing graduate school. His first regular faculty teaching position was in the fall quarter of 1979 when he taught electronic music at Foothill College.
Dan Mitchell has taught in the Music Department at De Anza College in Cupertino, California since the 1980 winter term, when he began teaching Electronic Music classes as a part-time faculty member — using an old monophonic synth and an open-reel tape recorder. He also taught as a part-time faculty member at De Anza (and Mission, Ohlone, and Foothill Colleges) for nearly a decade, also teaching Introduction to Music, Fundamentals of Music, and Music Reading.
Dan Mitchell joined the full-time faculty in 1989, and his main teaching assignments now include Electronic Music and Introduction to Music classes.
Update: Dan Mitchell has announced his retirement from full-time teaching at the end of the 2017 spring term. At that time his teaching career will have spanned 40 years — beginning with paraprofessional teaching at Foothill College in the 1977-1979 while a graduate student; continuing through a decade as an adjunct faculty member at Foothill, De Anza, Ohlone, and Mission College; and then 28 years as a full time faculty member at De Anza College. After retirement from the college he will devote himself full-time to his professional photography. He may teach a few classes in retirement, beginning with the winter 2018 term.
Bio From the Music Department Website
Dan Mitchell has a Master of Music degree in Theory and Composition from San Jose State University where he studied with Allen Strange. As a student he also 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 he performed a wide variety of music ranging from rock to jazz and classical.
Mitchell directs the Electronic Music program and teaches Introduction to Music classes. He taught the first web-based course at De Anza College in 1996 when the Distance Learning Program offered an online version of Introduction to Music, the first online class at De Anza. He created the first De Anza College web site in 1995 and worked for two years as a faculty participant in the California Chancellor’s Office @ONE Project, an initiative that developed technology training for community college faculty members throughout California. He was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2000. He has presented sessions on the use of Internet resources in teaching at regional and national conferences. He was President of the De Anza College Faculty Academic Senate for the 2003-04 and 2004-05 years and the District Academic Senate President during the 2005-06 year.
Original bio text has been updated in this version.
Dan Mitchell is also an award-winning published photographer working as G Dan Mitchell. He exhibits, sells prints, licenses photographs, and writes on photographic subjects. His 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 he exhibits with the night photography group Studio Nocturne SF), The Stellar Gallery, and is in other locations including public and private facilities in Death Valley National Park, the Carmel area, San Francisco, Chicago, and in Europe and Australia. His photographs have appeared in books and magazines, and he presents talks on photographic subjects. He is the author of California’s Fall Color: A Photographer’s Guide to Autumn in the Sierra (Heyday Books, Berkeley), 2015.
Some of his photography may also be seen at a website devoted to a recent professional development leave project that focused on working professional classical musicians in the local South Bay Area community.