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David Tough, Ed.D.

david tough

I am a  Nashville-based songwriter and producer/engineer and Assistant Professor at Belmont University. I produce and engineer demos and master recordings for hundreds of artists worldwide over the internet from my website www.davetough.com.  I have written and produced songs in major motion pictures, most recently Seth Rogen's Observe and Report, and training films and commercials.

I have been finalist in many songwriting contests and won the Grand Prize Country Category in the 2009 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for my song "Beatles Without John".

I am originally from Springfield, MO. I started as a musician on sax and and transitioned to drums, bass, piano and guitar later. My first love is jazz and I received my undergraduate in music, studying jazz drumset, 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 Distribution.

I started teaching recording technology to help students navigate through the DAW revolution! I have taught music technology at several institutions including UCLA, Cal Poly Pomona and the University of North Alabama. My doctorate is in Higher Education Administration. I also hold a Masters of Business Administration is from Pepperdine University and I  have an ADR certificate from Pepperdine School of Law. My research interest is in the area of recording arts curriculum development. I want to help new recording schools choose the right curriculum and technology for their programs.

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 didnt even know about him until I had been playing jazz drums for a while.

I am a member of The College Music Society, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, and serve on the the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association Board. I also serve as the online Ezine editor for MEIEA. I play bass and sing in a popular 80s cover band in Nashville called Bueller (www.buellerband.com). I also have 3 albums of my own original music available on itunes.   I also play bass/drums and run sound for the Crosspoint Community Church praise band in Bellevue and serve as a producer/songwriter for the Songs of Love organization.