George Hess is an educator, guitarist, composer, and author. An award-winning teacher, he has taught music technology, jazz, and theory at leading universities for over 25 years and has presented clinics and workshops throughout the world. The author of Creating Music with Notion (Hal Leonard, 2015), he is a regular contributor to School Band and Orchestra and MusicEducation UK magazines. Hess has produced over 100 tutorial videos on music software and his videos are featured on Groove 3 and the MuseScore website. His project-based music technology curriculum, “Singing the Blues,” led to his receiving the Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology at the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning in 2004. He has designed and programmed music education software for theory and ear training and multimedia projects for the U.S. Parks Department. His current research interests include project-based, flipped and online learning, and the use of social networking in marketing musicians.
Hess was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2010 and is on the board of directors for Technology Institute for Music Education (TIME).
A professional guitarist, George has performed extensively throughout the United States with such artists as James Morrison, Bob Mintzer, David Liebman, Wycliffe Gordon, Jim Nabors, the Osmonds, Ryo Kawasaki and Myron Floren and as the leader of his own ensembles. Dr. Hess is currently Associate Professor of Music at Sunway University in Malaysia. Previously, he was on the faculty at the National University of Singapore, Central Michigan University, Alabama State University and the University of Northern Colorado. He holds degrees from the Berklee College of Music and the University of Northern Colorado.