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David Tough, Ed.D.

david tough

 I am a Nashville-based songwriter and producer/engineer and Associate Professor at Belmont University. I produce and engineer demos and master recordings for hundreds of artists worldwide over the internet from my website  I have over 100 film and television placements for songs I have written and produced. I won the John Lennon Song Contest Grand Prize in both 2013 and 2009.  I am a voting Grammy member and in 2015 I won a Dove Award production and engineering.

I am originally from Springfield, MO. I started as a musician on saxophone and transitioned to drums, bass, piano and guitar later. My first love is jazz music and I received my undergraduate in music studying jazz drums from the University of North Texas. After five long years in the Lone Star State, I made my way to Los Angeles to work for Capitol Records, Warner Chappell Music Publishing, BMG Music Publishing, TAXI and serving as a consultant for other companies such as Transition Music and WEA. I also had a short stint as a radio DJ.

I started teaching recording technology at the college level in 2002 to help students navigate through the evolution and revolution that is computer music production and engineering.  I have taught audio engineering, songwriting and music technology at several institutions including UCLA, Cal Poly Pomona and the University of North Alabama. Along the way I got my MBA and EdD in Higher Education Administration. My research interests are in the area of music production, songwriting and recording arts curriculum development. I want to help new recording schools choose the right curriculum and technology for their programs. For more information on my discography and creative works click here.

There is also another Dave Tough, who is a distant relative of mine. He was a famous jazz drummer who played with many of the big bands. The strange thing is I didn’t even know about him until I had been playing jazz drums for a while.

I am a member of AES, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, SESAC, and the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association. I also play bass and keyboards with a few bands in Nashville and with Crosspoint Community Church praise band. I am a staff songwriter/producer for the Songs of Love organization.

Specialties: Audio Education, Music Production, Songwriting, Creative Arts Leadership