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Peter Dyson

A native of England, Peter earned a Bachelor’s Degree at Brunel University in London, and moved to Austin, Texas in 1991 when he married his wife, Amy.  In Austin, Peter worked for Motorola Semiconductor Group for thirteen years in Strategic Business Planning, Leadership Training and Human Resources.  While in Human Resources, Peter discovered the joy of helping people steer their career paths, which led him to take a position as Director of the Career Services Center at St. Edward’s University.  Under his leadership, St. Edward’s Career Center completely redesigned its approach to helping students navigate their way into the business world.  This approach is still being used there today.

As a drummer, Peter played and recorded with many bands both in England and Austin, often in his own home studio.  His love for music goes back to his boyhood days of singing in the church choir, and his musical taste is as diverse as the artists who have recorded at Studio West over the years.

Peter’s unique experience in the business, education and music fields all came together in October 2004, when he bought Studio West with the vision of adding a recording school.  As Director of The Recording Arts Center and Owner of Studio West, Peter oversees the daily operations of both the school and the studio, and enjoys using his diverse experience to assist both students and clients.

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Colin Tedeschi

A graduate of the University of Southern California with degrees in Business Administration and Music Industry, Colin was also a member of the first music production program at TRAC. He has been acting as the school Registrar since shortly after finishing the program in late 2012, and works closely with the rest of the administrative staff in shaping and managing the TRAC program. In addition to these duties, Colin functions as one of the primary Post-Production engineers at Studio West, having worked with such clients as Adam West, Alan Arkin, Richard Dreyfuss, and Faran Tahir, and companies including NBC Universal, CBS Sports, ESPN, Nick Jr, SyFY, Cinemax, Sony, and 2K Sports. Since mid-2013, Colin has also been providing setup, support, and direction for the nationally syndicated NPR radio show A Way With Words, recorded weekly in Studio C.


Ben Hasdovic

Ben comes to TRAC with over fourteen years of professional audio experience. During that time he has worked with such artists and producers as Trevor Horn, Portugal. The Man, Anya Marina, Transfer, Silent Comedy, Nervous Wrekords, Maren Parusel, Gregory Page, AJ Croce, Tim Flannery , and more.  In 2009 Ben toured with Louis XIV in support of The Killers. Ben also taught audio classes at the Los Angeles Recording School for six years.

Bobby Bray

For over a decade Bobby Bray handled the business end of his band The Locust, which incorporated as Radio Surgery. The group toured both Europe and the United States over ten times as well as Japan a few times. Touring partners include the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, At the Drive-In, and Mike Patton’s Fantômas. In addition to having their albums released by record labels such as Epitaph, Gold Standard Laboratories, and Ipecac, The Locust also released their own music through Radio Surgery.

In 2011 Bobby graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts from the Music department. While he was a student at UCSD he worked at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) demonstrating new media facilities including the StarCAVE and HIPerSPACE.

Bobby is currently the lead Sound Engineer at the Whistle Stop, a venue in South Park. He has written in the music section of the San Diego Reader and has been teaching in the Audio Production department of the Art Institute of California – San Diego since 2012.


Cedrick Courtois

Cedrick earned an Associate’s Degree in Audio Engineering at ESRA Institute in France and has since followed his passion for all things sound, working as a tracking and mix engineer as well as a post production sound designer and mixer.

After coming to LA in 2007 to play guitar on the third Earshot album, he decided to further his journey in the US, and packed his bags and moved to Hollywood, where he joined the engineering team of the soundtrack for the rock opera Repo! The Genetic Opera.

From there, Cedrick worked as a music editor on an independent film called Montana Amazon: The Adventures of the Dunderheads, while also working as the mix engineer for multiple instructional music videos featuring members from Korn, Slipknot, Godsmack and Alice In Chains.

You can also hear Cedrick's sound design work on many major commercials, including those for Red Bull, Formula One, Monster Energy, Formula One, and Polaris RZR, as well as multiple features such as The Windsurfing Movie IITracing Skylines and Real Ski by Poor Boyz Productions.

In addition to teaching at The Recording Arts Center, Cedrick freelances out of his own studio, The Castle.

Mike Harris 

Mike is an independent recording engineer with over 30 years experience in San Diego and Los Angeles studios. He received a BA in Sound Engineering from UCSD, and has recorded and mixed thousands of songs and jingles. He has been nominated for two Latin Grammy awards, and has received two Emmy Awards in San Diego. He is also proficient at remote recording and 5.1 surround sound mixing. His credits include extensive and ongoing work with former Frank Zappa guitarist Mike Keneally, as well as Latin artists such as Jesus Adrian Romero and Reik, numerous projects with producer Kiko Cibrian, and international artists U2, Switchfoot, Willie Nelson, Kim Carnes and Kenny Loggins.

Debbie Keough 

Debbie has been actively working in the audio industry for over 17 years, and began working with audio equipment while gigging as a musician in high school. She attended TRAC in 2007 and earned Pro Tools Expert certification in Post Production. Since graduating from the Los Angeles Recording School, Debbie has earned several additional industry certifications. Debbie works as the Technical Director at Coast Hills Community Church in Aliso Viejo, and has professional working knowledge of the entire Avid VENUE line and several other manufacturer product lines, in addition to multiple studio consoles, lighting consoles, video broadcast mixers and cameras, and projection systems. Her credits include work with some of the Christian music industry’s best including Sheila E., Rick and Kay Warren, Kari Jobe, Tony Gurerro, Morris Chapman, Gannin Arnold, Travis Ryan, Tommy Walker, Shane and Shane, David Pack, Tom Braxton, Jadon Lavik, Tom Brooks, Brenton Brown, and Colton Dixon.

Shawn Rohlf 

Shawn began touring at age 9 with the Land of Lakes Choirboys, and hasn’t stopped since.  He wears many hats in the music and theater scene including:  singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, educator, actor, and front man for the 7th Day Buskers.  Shawn has worked with the legendary Marvin Hamlisch, and tours regularly with Steve Poltz and Tim Flannery.  In 1999 Shawn became a founding instructor at the Youth Arts Academy in San Diego’s Carmel Valley where he built the in-house recording studio and created a Rock Band Program and a Songwriting/Producing Camp.  Shawn earned a Radio and Television Broadcasting Degree from Brown Institute in Minneapolis, and a certificate from the California Recording School in San Francisco. 

Ian Sutton 

A graduate of The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe, Arizona, Ian specializes in tracking and mixing.  Ian’s musical credits include T-Pain, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Frankie J, Luke Parkin, La Cuca, and Los Tucanes de Tijuana.  Video game and TV credits include Brutal LegendDiRT2Diners Drive-ins and Dives, and How to Look Good Naked.  He’s also recorded DVD commentary and audio books for Jerry Lewis, Deepak Chopra, and Dr. Oz.


Scott Taylor

Scott got his start in film industry in Hollywood in the late 90’s. Since then he has worked in all aspects of film making. He has a long list clients ranging from tech giants to action sport heroes. These days Scott splits his time between teaching and working as a film maker. This benefits his student because they get a solid foundation for their understanding of the film industry, while hearing real world examples of how films get made in today’s film industry.