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I have over 17 years of joyous experience teaching all sorts of students from beginning to advanced guitar, songwriting, audio engineering, and music theory. I’ve been Professor of Guitar at Darton State College, and on faculty at Bainbridge College, Finger Lakes Community College, and Palmer Trinity School. I've performed in classical, folk, singer-songwriter, and jazz outfits for over 15 years, in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to coffee shops. My most recent CD is a project of original songs and compositions called "Vapor Trail from a Paper Plane", and was called a "Masterpiece" by Americana legend Grant Peeples, and No Depression raved “[the] pure emotive quality of Cochran’s music pulls you into its embrace and empties your heart with every sigh…artfulness in composition is almost a trademark of Cochran’s work.” I have a doctorate in guitar from Florida State University, and a Master's and Bachelor's in Guitar from the Eastman School of Music.
Primary booking agent, publicist, and web designer for Matthew C. Singer-Songwriter, Tantalus Guitar Quartet, and the Old Toad Guitar Duo. Contacted presenters, arranged travel, negotiated fees, maintained budget, prepared taxes, sound engineer and digital editing for four commercial CD’s, composed, recorded, and performed scores for “The Drowning Girls” and commercial projects for New York Times, Pampers, National Public Radio, BBC4, and CBRE.
Teaching responsibilities include: Applied Guitar for music majors (MUSC 2211/2212), Applied Guitar for non-majors (MUSC 1110/1111), Guitar Ensemble (MUSC 1152), Sight Singing and Ear Training (MUSC 1172). Designed and implemented online Music Appreciation and Ear Training courses. Designed and implemented the Darton Music Academy: a pre-college preparatory program for Southwest GA region. Other responsibilities include: Academic advising and student registration, organization of weekly student recital (programming, stage management, accompaniment, etc), Faculty and Staff Affairs Committee.
Courses taught: Music Appreciation (MUSC 1100), Ear Training (MUSC 1172), Applied Guitar for music majors (MUSC 2211/2212) Applied Guitar for non-majors (MUSC 1110/1111), Beginning Music Theory (MUSC 2201), Advanced Music Theory (MUSC 2202), First Year Experience (DART 1000).
Responsible for program, curriculum, concert schedule, recruitment, and travel for 60-student pre-college classical guitar program grades 7-12. Taught five daily classes, served on grade-level committee and professional development task force. Oversight for Palmer Trinity Commission Project for New Music for Guitar Ensemble, administrative and budgetary oversight of instrument purchases and various projects. Co-directed jazz and pep bands. Conducted first-prize winners for Guitar Ensemble at Music Fest Competition in Orlando.