For the ninth time in his event-filled life, Jim Hudak has enrolled into a new college or university.  This time it's Diablo Valley College, a highly regarded Northern California school, where he's taking a class in the (what else?) Department of Music.  The class is titled "Sound On Picture," which is geared toward students who want to provide music or "sound designing" into films, soundtracks, and television shows.  The class also focuses on the world of music and sound in the huge and growing world of gaming.

"I feel like a kid again," said Hudak last week.  "Just being on campus with all the young kids - mostly 18 to 21 year olds more or less, is thrilling.  Every time I've taken classes at different colleges over the years, I get a special feeling as the new semester begins.  After all, the whole point of school is to develop specific skills in areas that you're interested in.  I've always felt that my music is suited for films and soundtracks, and hopefully this class will help me jumpstart into that world."

For the record, Jim has attended the following colleges and universities spanning four decades: Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR; Portland State University, also in Portland; California State University Northridge, Los Angeles, CA; Community College Of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, PA; Duquesne University, also in Pittsburgh; Belmont University in Nashville, TN; Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN; Los Medanos College, Pittsburg, CA; Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA.

While music and music business have been the common denominators in his college level courses, Jim has also studied in several other fields, including journalism, economics, technology, and communications, among other disciplines. 

"You can never have too much knowledge," he reasons. "I always enjoy hearing stories about people in their 80's or 90's who go back to school to complete a degree program, or otherwise take classes just for the sake of learning.  I keeps you sharp, after all, and we can all benefit by keeping our minds active."

Jim is especially excited about working with the class instructor, Tim White.  Roughly Jim's age, Tim has a huge amount of varied experience in the music business, serving as a composer, sound engineer, musician, producer, and other areas within the industry.  He's accessible, friendly, and extremely bright. 

"I liked Tim instantly," says Jim Hudak.  "He's so personable and so smart. That's a combination you don't always find in college level instructors.  It's a privilege to be able to work with and learn from him."

The gaming business has been an area that Jim hasn't paid a lot of attention to up until now, but he expects that might be changing. The San Francisco Bay Area is home to countless companies who specialize in gaming and technology, and Jim hopes to add composing for gaming into his skill set. 

"My long term hope with this is that I can learn and master ProTools, the primary software used in music for gaming and soundtracks," he says. "It would be great to utilize the many songs I've written and music I still hope to write into these areas of application.  I see it as a way to stay active in music as I move into what many consider to be their 'retirement' years.  As long as I've got something to offer, I hope to keep working in music as long as I'm alive. Music has been very good to me, and there are more opportunities for music and composition now than ever before. You just have to go out and find them."

Spoken like a true student of nine different institutions of higher learning, wouldn't you say?

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