Rick Schmunk

Chair of Music Technology

Associate Professor of Practice

  • Program:
    Music Technology, Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television
  • Division:
    Contemporary Music


Richard (Rick) Schmunk, chair of the Music Technology program, teaches within the Music Industry, Popular Music and Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television programs at the USC Thornton School of Music and is an active music technology clinician in the U.S. and Canada.

His research interests include the integration of technology in music instruction and music performance. Rick has presented papers at the Association for Technology In Music Instruction (ATMI), International Society for Music Education (ISME), International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE), Jazz Educators Network (JEN), and Technology for Music Education (TI:ME) national and international conferences. His recent publications include Ableton Live 9 Essentials (Lynda.com), Finale 2012 Essentials (Lynda.com), Advanced Sequencing (TI:ME) and soon to be released Teaching Music Fundamentals With Ableton Live (SoundTree and Ableton, Inc.).

Academic degrees

  • DMA, University of Southern California, 2006
  • MM, University of Miami, 1985
  • BM, North Texas State University, 1983

Other academic experience:

Pro Tools Certified Instructor

Studied with:

Jack Petersen, Dan Haerle, Ronnie Miller, Ted Green, Joe Diorio