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Falcon Spotlight- Jake Niceley

Jake Niceley

Jake Niceley, 2012

Degrees and schools where awarded:  B.S. in Business Management, The College of the Ozarks

Career/Professional  Honors:

  • Various Gold & Platinum Album awards from RIAA, 1989-2004 
  • Surround Music Awards – Best Concert Video, 2003
  • New Orleans Best of the Beat – Album of the Year, 2003 
  • Surround Music Awards – Horizon Award, 2005
  • The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The Grammy’s), Producers & Engineers Wing” Santa Monica, CA, April 2008
  • Co-author of the “Recommendation for Delivery of Recorded Music Projects” 

Outside interests:  Musical instrument repair, historic building restoration.

I teach because I’ve had an amazing life and professional career.  I’ve been able to earn an income doing something I love, and I’d like to pass that enthusiasm and passion on to students who seek the same opportunity.

What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College?  I was a professional in the music industry.  Although I’ve worked all over the world, most of my time was spent in Nashville, Tenn., as a recording engineer and recording studio owner. 

What projects are you working on right now? An articulation agreement with American University in Washington, D.C. that would allow students from our program to enter the bachelor’s program at AU with preference and full credit for the courses they’ve taken here at Daytona State College.  This would allow them to graduate with a four-year bachelor’s degree in audio technology from AU.  AU also offers a M.A. in audio technology. 

What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? Watching the Music Production Technology program evolve in two short years from an idea to an incredibly successful program that rivals any program of its kind in the country.  

What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? Helping Daytona State College become known throughout the state of Florida and the rest of the country for the extremely high quality and valuable education a student can expect to receive from the Music Production Technology program.

One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: There are no surprises.  I am who I am, and I lead by example.

Last book read: “Sound Design” by David Sonnenschein, a textbook I use in our Sound Track Development class.  

If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? Don’t open unless you’re passionate about life and you’re willing to work hard to achieve your dreams.

If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be: Attila the Hun, Julius Ceaser, Leonardo Da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin

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Last updated: 2014-09-11T18:25:25.586Z