Steve Cunningham

Assistant Professor of Practice

  • Program:
    Music Technology
  • Division:
    Contemporary Music


Steve Cunningham, Assistant Professor of Practice, teaches music technology, communication, and broadcast classes in the Music Industry department of the USC Thornton School of Music.

As a professional musician specializing in synthesis, Steve Cunningham’s musical career included studio work for artists including Stevie Wonder and Toto, and countless live gigs. He later managed companies that produced the first MIDI accessory products, and helped write the product specification for the AudioFrame, one of the first stand alone Digital Audio Workstations. Over the years he has consulted on pro audio products for clients including Yamaha, Mackie, and Tascam. He writes monthly audio product reviews for Radio & Production magazine, and he comments on the state of technology in education in his monthly column in AVTechnology magazine.

When not teaching music technology, Steve is active in the video game industry as a freelance dialog editor, with over over twenty published titles to his credit. He also works as a voiceover professional, and is currently developing a network of web sites designed specifically to serve the needs of voice actors. He is a regular presenter at conferences in broadcast, voiceover, and music education, and is a member of the Audio Engineering Society, the Game Audio Network Guild, and the Association for Technology in Music Instruction.

Other Training/Certifications:
Pro Tools Certified Instructor
Voice acting with Kalmenson & Kalmenson, Pat Fraley, and Nancy Wolfson
 Improvisational acting with Avery Schrieber and Stephen Tobolowsky
Certified Professional Commercial Copywriter, Radio Advertising Bureau
Inbound Marketing Certified Professional, Hubspot Academy.

Other academic experience:

Certified Professional Commercial Copywriter—credentialed by Radio Advertising Bureau

Studied with:

Kalmenson & Kalmenson (voiceover), Avery Schrieber (improvisation)