Corey Bell, Lead InstructorWhere It All Began: Walking down by the harbour in Victoria with his parents when he was about eight years old, Corey Bell heard a busker play "The Boxer" by Simon and Garfunkel. That’s when his passion for music began. A few weeks later he picked up a guitar at a friend’s house and started playing, and hasn't stopped since then. He started out playing the Blues, and after years of experimenting with many different genres, his guitar playing led into a passion for Classical Music and Flamenco.
In his teens Corey was a performing artist, but struggles with stage fright made him change gears and focus more on the work behind the scenes. That was when he realized he wanted to make his career in the audio industry.
Corey has recorded hundreds of artists and bands in studio. He loves the challenges of working with different genres and people. “Every time in the studio is different. You need to figure out each artist’s goal and try to help them reach that sound."
Education: Corey is a Certified Audio Engineer. In 2012 he took the lead in re-designing the Audio Engineering and Music Production Certificate at Okanagan College, which involved rewriting the curriculum. “We added much more modern and relevant techniques and put a focus on a Learner Centred Instructional model," explains Corey. In addition, he is a Certified Essential Skills Practitioner, holds a certificate in Learner Centred Instruction, and has earned several Business designations that have been helpful when running his own business.
Experience: Corey is very active in the audio industry and has been the technical director for several companies, teams and organizations in the region. He feels that to be an effective teacher, he needs to keep his skills current and stay in the game. He also has a talent for designing and building studios, professional as well as private. Corey also specializes in architectural acoustic building and design, and loves to explore with different mediums and shapes to find just the right acoustic treatment for a space.
Teaching Philosophy: Corey believes strongly in lifelong learning for himself as well as his students. As much as he teaches each and every one of his students, he also recognizes that he learns just as much from every person he comes in contact with. He loves to share his knowledge and passion for music. His latest exploration is to discover the many psychological effects of sounds and how they make a person feel.