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Herbert Midgley

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Lecturer, Music Technology

  • M.F.A., Filmmaking/Cinematography, Stephen F. Austin State University (2014)
  • M.Ed., Secondary Education, Stephen F. Austin State University (1999)
  • M.M., Music Theory and Composition, Stephen F. Austin State University (1996)
  • B.M., Music Theory and Composition, Stephen F. Austin State University (1995)
Herbert Michael Midgley II has been an active composer for the last two decades. He has composed numerous compositions during both his professional and collegiate career including one symphony, twelve original works for band and other large form compositions. Mr. Midgley has also written a great number of chamber works, including quartets and quintets for wind and string instruments, solo piano works, and solo works for many other instruments. He has also composed many works of electronic music for both tape and live performers as well as many Avant-garde compositions.

His composition teachers include Californian composers Mr. Delbert Bump and Dr. Mac Cooks, and Dr. Dan Beaty, who served on the SFA Music Faculty. Mr. Midgley has earned three degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University: B.M., M.M. and M.Ed. Both of his music degrees are in music theory and composition. His other degree is in secondary education.

For more than two decades, Mr. Midgley has been working closely with M.I.D.I. technology. He is an expert on Macintosh computers and music software, and has instructed many students in the use of computer technology in music, including both music notation, sequencing and CAI software. Mr. Midgley has presented many music technology sessions at various conferences all over Texas, including T.M.E.A. and T.I.M.E. He has served as a music technology coordinator and instructor for younger children in the SFA Music Preparatory Division.

Mr. Midgley taught in the Texas public school system as an All-Level Music teacher. He was the first music teacher in Zavalla Texas. During his time there, Mr. Midgley put on many elementary music programs using his compositional and performing talents. He also now maintains a private guitar studio with the SFA Music Preparatory Division.

Mr. Midgley is also an active filmmaker. He has over one thousand videos on YouTube on various subjects: education, music theory, composition, guitar, music videos, short film and sci-fi film shorts. He is a director, screenwriter, editor, film composer and actor. Mr. Midgley is a noted actor and has appeared in many short and independent films in his career. As a film composer, Mr. Midgley is highly in demand due to his background in filmmaking.

Mr. Midgley teaches: guitar, music for children, history of rock music, history of jazz and art music classes. In his spare time from teaching he enjoys composing, arranging music, making films, running, bicycling, playing boogie woogie piano as well as playing classical guitar.

Mr. Midgley is a member of A.S.CAP, Pi Kappa Lambda, National Music Honorary Society and Kappa Delta Pi, International Education Honorary Society.