Associate Lecturer of Music Media Production and Industry
After living and traveling all over North America, Daniel Porter is proud to call Indiana home. It is in this state that most of his education and professional pursuits have been anchored and he hopes to keep it that way. How else could he keep his ear to all the great Hoosier music that's happening? His primary academic and professional goal is to uplift the music culture of local communities that are often overshadowed by national and international artists.
Daniel graduated cum laude from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Music. His undergraduate degree had a multi-faceted emphasis in music technology, composition, and percussion performance. While studying, Daniel worked as a recording engineer for the School of Music and spent his summers as the lead live audio technician at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. Upon graduation, he relocated to Canada and worked as the senior audio associate for The Banff Centre for the Arts. Once repatriated, he created DP Sonics, an online audio production/consulting company specializing in stereo mastering and critical listening environments. Daniel's Master of Science was completed with a music technology focus at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis where held a graduate assistantship with teaching responsibilities for several undergraduate courses as well as audio production for the Tavel Studio.
Before teaching full-time at Ball State, he expanded on his acoustics focused master’s thesis while working as the southeast regional manager and product training specialist for Auralex Acoustics, Inc. With this company he acoustically designed thousands of critical listening spaces ranging from vocal booths to amphitheaters and traveled the US giving home studio setup seminars. During all this time, Daniel has played in or recorded with dozens of bands on drumkit, hand drums, ukulele, bass, piano, and vocals covering nearly all genres of music. He also taught percussion privately and with several high schools. In addition, he has mastered records for scores of independent artists from across the globe.
Currently, Daniel is focused on his full-time teaching contract at Ball State where he is an associate lecturer, director of Cardinal Music Group, and faculty advisor to the student run record label; Beneficence Records. He also sits on the boards of Indiana music nonprofits Musical Family Tree, Tonic Ball, and the Indianapolis Music Collective. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, motorcycling, and traveling with his beloved wife. As a volunteer, he delivers food for hunger relief agency Second Helpings, Inc., provides music instruction for people with disabilities as a teaching artist for ArtMix, and fundraises annually for the Indiana chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.