Please meet Jim Scully from the Music and Theatre Department.
What is your field of study?
I have diverse interests, but I consider myself a composer who plays guitar as opposed to a guitarist who composes. If I had 2 hours to do whatever I wanted to do (doesn’t happen…ever) I would compose. Here’s a playlist of my work on Spotify - I have a bunch of music that has been recorded by a bunch of artists around the country. Some of it I like, some I’m tired of because I wrote it over 10 years ago. But I’ll let you be the judge!
What is your favorite class to teach?
This is tough. I enjoy teaching Music Theory for freshmen as well as Form and Analysis for juniors. I also LOVE directing the CSUB Jazz Collective. So…basically, all of them.
What are you excited about this semester?
My primary ensemble, CSUB Jazz Collective, is performing with internationally recognized composer/woodwind player Jacam Manricks on April 27 and he’s writing three pieces for our group! So we get to play brand new music by a great composer!
What was the last book you read?
I’m boring….a textbook for a class - Musical Form and Analysis.
What was your worst subject in school?
I did well in most subjects, but I didn’t enjoy math. I did fine, but I knew that I wouldn’t use some of the complex math that I was learning, so I just got annoyed that I had to do it. (Not the best answer in support of a General Education curriculum, but whatever).
What is your secret talent or hobby?
Cooking. I enjoy cooking for my family. Indian curry dishes, bar-be-cue, homemade Italian pasta sauce and meatballs, etc. I’m better at it than I thought...
If you had to make a documentary, what would the subject be?
It would be about guitarist Joe Pass. He was a monster player, and his life is something I’d love to dig into.
What do you do for fun and relaxation?
Binge watch episodes of “The West Wing” and “The Walking Dead”, watch “SNL” with my wife, play video games with my 11 year old triplet boys, and play music.
Do you have any advice or thoughts for our students?
Be amazing at time management.
I often tell my students that they will never have as much time as they do right now. That they need to take advantage of the relative lack of responsibilities they have in their early 20’s. It’s important as a musician to put the time in when you have it - because when you are in the real world there won’t be as much time to practice as there is right now.
What did you do over the winter break?
I worked tirelessly on the 31st Annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival. I took over as director in July and I’ve been getting lots of loose ends tied up before the event in April of 2017. Go check out the website!
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