Acclaimed AV Content Developer/Instructor Bill Gibson Joins CRAS Faculty

Gibson’s Resume Spans Decades Working with the Biggest Names in the Music Engineering and Production World as Well as Premier Music Education Institutions

The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS) is proud to announce that pro audio industry veteran Bill Gibson has joined the faculty as its latest instructor.

“I’ve never seen a program structured in the same way as the program at CRAS,” explained Gibson, who recently moved to Gilbert, Ariz. with his family from Seattle. “The students receive constant input from several instructors all the way through completion. And the job-placement department has obvious success getting students into fantastic internships that frequently lead to jobs working on big-time productions in television, movies, broadcast, post production, gaming audio, and recording studios. Placement is a major component for any school and the CRAS record of success speaks volumes for their effectiveness at, and focus on, helping their students succeed.”

Gibson’s resume spans decades working with the biggest names in the music engineering and production world as well as premier music education institutions, including Quincy Jones, Bruce Swedien, Al Schmitt, Sylvia Massy, George Massenburg, Dave Pensado, Chuck Ainlay, and many more. In his role as Communications and Training Specialist for Hal Leonard Corporation, Gibson used a broad range of production and development skills to conceptualize, script, and produce nearly 100 instructional videos, specifically created to train music store owners, managers, and staff about the technical aspects of tech-related products.

Gibson’s portfolio also includes working with Berklee College of Music, LinkedIn Learning, The Art Institute of Seattle, and as president of Northwest Music & Recording, Inc. He’s recorded and mixed award-winning big band and symphonic music for renowned composer Ron Jones, recorded, produced, and mixed countless albums and commercial jingles, and has taught several classes and seminars on audio recording, producing, and mixing. Lastly, he is a member as well as trustee and board of governors member of several nationally renowned industry committees, societies, and boards.

“Students that come to this kind of school are there because they can’t wait to learn, with the goal of moving into their dream job at some point,” Gibson continued. “Some of the students might not have fared well in traditional academia, but in an environment such as the one CRAS has created, they thrive. The students I’ve worked with have been motivated and excited, often seeming in disbelief that they get to do what they’re doing at CRAS. Everyone I’ve met at CRAS, including administration, staff, and faculty, has passion for seeing students learn, and they each have their own credibility in the industry. Many of the faculty and staff come from some of the most high-profile professional environments, and they all love what they’re doing, and that’s helping students. That’s why I enjoy the academic environment so much…motivated and interesting faculty and eager students who can’t wait to learn.”

Said Kirt Hamm, CRAS administrator, “We are so excited to have Bill on staff at CRAS. With his vast background and audio experience, he has quickly become a powerful force in the classroom both as an instructor and mentor to our students.”

Added Robert Brock, CRAS director of education, “It was easy to see that with Bill’s accomplishments, his partnerships with industry icon’s and his background as an author and teacher that he would be an enviable addition to any audio production school’s faculty. However, it was a casual conversation over lunch where where we discussed our beliefs about work ethic, client relations, communication, and even punctuality when I knew Bill would be a perfect fit for CRAS. Bill’s clear desire to share all of this with the next generation of audio professionals will provide our students with both the technical and life lessons that will guide them throughout their future careers.”

Concluded Gibson, “I’ve always taken great joy at giving away the things I’ve learned about the art of music and recording. That’s what drew me back into the classroom, teaching at CRAS. I’m very happy to be part of the great team of instructors that CRAS has amassed over the years.”

The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences is composed of two nearby campuses in Gilbert and Tempe, Ariz. A CRAS education includes broadcast audio, live sound, film and TV audio, music, and video game audio, all taught by award-winning instructors who have all excelled in their individual fields, including sound reinforcement, audio recording and production, digital recording, troubleshooting/maintenance, and music business.

CRAS structured programs and highly qualified teaching staff provide a professional and supportive atmosphere, which is complemented by its small class sizes allowing for individual instruction and assistance for students in engineering audio recordings. CRAS has been providing quality vocational training in audio recording for more than three decades. The curriculum and equipment are constantly being updated to keep pace with the rapid advancements in the music and sound recording industries. CRAS’ course offerings and subject matter have always centered around the skills and knowledge necessary for students’ success in the audio recording industries.

The 11-month program is designed to allow every student access to learn and train in all of the Conservatory’s studios which are comprised with state-of-the-art audio recording and mixing gear, the same equipment used in today’s finest studios and remote broadcast facilities, including Pro Tools 12, API Legacy consoles, SSL AWS consoles, Studer Vista consoles, and much more. All students must complete a 280-hour industry internship to graduate from the Master Recording Program II that may ultimately lead to industry employment.

For more information on and to contact Bill Gibson, please email, call 253-732-5716, or visit