Jake Birch

Jake B.

Missoula, MT
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Jake delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I come by music honestly, being the son of a professional composer and a record executive. I started formal lessons at 5 years old on piano, then drums; the latter under the tutelage of legendary jazz drummer Eddie Locke. I started on my first DAW when I was 12 years old and would spend hours after school and on weekends in my father's home studio.

I attended New York's famed LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and Performing Arts, with a focus on jazz and classical drumming. Here, I received a conservatory level education in both drum performance and general musicianship, studying theory, musicology, ear training, piano, and bass. While in high school I entered the field professionally, working as an assistant engineer at a production studio while running my own home studio as a business for tracking and mixing. I graduated with honors, having won departmental and percussion specific scholarships and awards.

Following high school I attended the University of Michigan, pursuing both a BS in Sound Engineering and a BFA in Performing Arts Technology with a focus on music production and composition. While in college I continued to run my own recording business, specializing in remote recording at concert halls and other venues. I earned merit based scholarships, including the API Visionary Scholarship, awarded for excellence in music recording. I graduated with high honors.

I have enjoyed many roles in myriad studios. My longest tenure was at the now defunct Stadium Red in New York, which was home to super producer Just Blaze. While there, in addition to engineering and production work, I also instructed interns and assistants on everything from studio practices to recording and mixing techniques.

These days I am fully freelance, doing mostly mixing work, though I also enjoy my fair share of producing, composing, and sound designing. I have also continued to teach since my fledgeling days supervising interns at Stadium Red and have helped many students add to their toolboxes and integrate deeper, more nuanced record-making skills.

Beyond my education and professional field work, I have had the pleasure of producing, mixing, and/or recording Lake Street Dive, Cassidy, Talib Kweli, Joey Bada$$, Nyck Caution, Iron Solomon, Prince Royce, and Vulfpeck, among others. I have composed featured on Showtime and Fox News, as well as several national ad campaigns and feature films. I have done UI sound design for major product

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BFA Performing Arts Technology
Jan 2007 - May 2011
University of Michigan


Fluent / Native Proficiency


API Visionary Scholar
Mar 2008
Automated Processes, Inc


Jan 2014

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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Behind the board at U of M audio studio.


4 Reviews

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Julian Mar 17, 2018
Music Recording · Online

I couldn't rate Jake's performance higher, as a mixing engineer, producer, or instructor. I have referred him to several people in the short time since we've worked together, and I will be referring him in the future.

One of the things that is unique to Jake is that he offers deep sensitivity, personality, and intuition in his work, so his clients feel cared for, listened to , and engaged on a human level. But where Jake sets himself apart from so many, is that his human-ness is coupled with a very deep and refined sense of craft , knowledge, and technical prowess.

Jake is fluent in many musical crafts, instruments, and genres , and with that practical and creative adaptability , he offers an equally rare degree in terms of his engagement with clients.

His ears are also really good!!!! I learned a lot working with him, and plan to call him the next time I need help with a variety of musical things.

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Jeremiah Mar 10, 2018
Music Recording · In home

Jake is an excellent teacher, musician, and audio engineer., He taught me fundamental and advanced mixing techniques a few years back. He was extremely prepared, knowledgeable and had a knack for translating complex concepts into much more manageable terminology and ideas. I learned a lot from him and still utilize many of his workflows to this day!

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Aaron Mar 9, 2018
Music Recording · Online

Jake is one of the rare people who is both a great musician, producer, writer AND a teacher! His own creative products are seriously amazing, the stuff that isn't already there sounds like it belongs on the radio.

I'm a bit of a pro-novice, having dipped in and out of music production over the years and Jake has been able to cater to my varying degrees of knowledge and ignorance, explaining concepts and techniques in ways that were appropriate for my level of ability in different areas.

I worked with Jake extensively while he was living in Brooklyn and was concerned about the transition to the online sessions but the way he sets it up makes me feel like there's no more than a vocal booth and a talk-back mic separating us, might as well be in the same studio.

Thank you Jake!!!!

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Mark Mar 8, 2018
Music Recording · In home

Jake is a phenomenal teacher. He is able to articulate and distill complex ideas in to simple and understandable concepts. Highly recommend this brilliant teacher and musician!

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