Title/Position: Research Assistant ProfessorProfile:
Why did you choose music engineering as your career?
I started in music engineering because I loved recording music and bands in high school. I continued in the field after becoming fascinated with the science and physiology involved in the perception of sound and music.
Why should a potential student choose the Frost School of Music?
A great reason for attending Frost School of Music is the extraordinary faculty and alumni. Coupled with the innovative experiential curriculum, high academic standards, and strong ties to industry, the Frost School of Music offers the best comprehensive curriculum in music and music engineering.
What do you hope to pass on to your students?
My students will learn problem-solving and critical thinking, which are important skills for any engineering endeavor. Furthermore, my instruction will include introductory components to research and the state of the art of the audio and music engineering field.
What music have you been listening to lately?
I always listen to WVUM 90.5, the UM student-run radio station. In addition, lately I’ve been listening to Nico Muhly, some early Brian Eno, and the new Flaming Lips collaborations.
Christopher L. Bennett is a research assistant professor in the Music Engineering Technology program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Currently, he teaches classes in Psychoacoustics, and is working with faculty and students on a new inter-disciplinary research project in collaboration with the UM Department of Physical Therapy, investigating the impact of auditory biofeedback on rehabilitation. He has most recently completed postdoctoral research at the UM Miller School of Medicine investigating audible medical alarms utilizing psychoacoustics and human factors in simulated clinical settings to improve patient outcomes. During his post-doc, he was also a lecturer on Bio-signal Processing, covering the discrete-time processing of physiologically related signals. An entrepreneur, he is a founding partner of Oygo Sound LLC, an audio development and consulting company with prominent clients in both music and medical fields. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Audio Engineering Society, IEEE and other notable associations and is published in such journals as the J. Acoustical Society of America, Anesthesia & Analgesia, and the J. Audio Engineering Society. Before his professional appointments he earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, with a concentration in hearing science, a M.S. in Music Engineering Technology, and a B.S.E.E. in Audio Engineering.