Mark Anderson, M.A.

Fine Arts and Communication Division
     (650) 949-7156

Foothill campus
Office: 1702

M-F 8AM - 4PM


Mark Anderson is Dean of the Fine Arts Division, and Director of the Music Technology Program at Foothill College. The Music Tech. Program at Foothill, initially developed in 1997, has grown from one MIDI class to the largest and most comprehensive Arts Technology Program in Silicon Valley and the West Coast. Mr. Anderson has written the curriculum and developed course materials for over 25 of the 30+ courses currently offered in the program, which now has 6 faculty members. Mr. Anderson has been very active in web-based arts education since the inception of the World Wide Web, and has developed over 25 courses that are delivered via the internet and include imbedded audio, video and graphics.

Before developing the Music Technology Program, he served as Chair of the Music Department and Director of Jazz Studies at Foothill. He has also developed course materials and serves on the Advisory Committee for the Music Technology Program at Clackamas Community College in Portland, Oregon.

Prior to joining the faculty at Foothill, he was Director of Jazz Studies at Fresno City College from 1987 - 1989, and Graduate Teaching Assistant in Jazz Studies at the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music from 1980-1983. After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Southern Oregon University in 1978, where he began the Jazz Combo Program while still a student, he taught instrumental and choral music in the Oregon public schools until 1980. After graduate school, he enjoyed a career as a full time professional musician and booking agent in Denver during the 80's, playing hundreds of recording sessions and performing nightly with many of the greatest musicians in the world until following the sun to California in 1987.

Mark's recognitions include a California Music Award for engineering and performing on "Adelante", the "World Beat Album of the Year" in 1996, Innovator of the Year at Foothill-DeAnza in 1999, and Innovation of the Year in 1997. His compositions and arrangements for jazz ensemble are performed frequently at Universities, Colleges and Jazz Festivals throughout the United States, Japan and Europe. His book, Etudes for Trombone, published by Hal Leonard, is used as audition material by the International Association of Jazz Educators.

Personal Quote:
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down happy. They told me I didnt understand the assignment, and I told them they didnt understand life.
...John Lennon

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