Chasing the Chords is Brian Jump’s blog and podcast.
Brian Jump is a guitarist, teacher, and audio engineer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He earned a bachelor’s degree in guitar performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in music technology from Duquesne University.
In January of 2020, Jump became the Assistant Professor of Commercial Music and Technology at Central State University. He is currently developing a new program for the music department focused on sound engineering, concert production, and entrepreneurship. Meanwhile, Jump is staying busy in the department by teaching Music Appreciation, Computer Music Technology, and Recording Studio Practicum. He’s also serving as the music department’s go-to technology expert and media producer. Indeed, you can catch him behind the mixing board at most department concerts and student productions.
From 2010 to 2019, Jump was an adjunct instructor of music at Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There, he taught Music Technology, History of Music, Music Theory, and Audio Recording while helping the college develop an associate degree in music technology. During his decade of service at CCAC, Jump participated in many music-related activities, including directing the instrumental/vocal ensemble, accompanying the choir, and organizing end-of-semester concerts.
In addition to teaching, Jump performs regularly on guitar. He specializes in pop guitar but has experience with nearly every style, including jazz, R & B, funk, and classical. From 2008 to 2019, Jump maintained a residency at Oliver Twist in Pittsburgh’s cultural district as part of an outfit called The Vagrants, who Robert Hertweck from the Clarks called “Pittsburgh’s premiere acoustic duo.”