Production Instructor & curriculum director
Patrick Cupo is a professional musician, a national award-winning music educator (NSBA/NAfME), and a seasoned fine arts administrator based in New York City. Pat proudly serves as the Curriculum Director of the Electronic Music Collective, leading the best team of teaching artists in the industry.
In 2009, Pat started the Music Production program at Pershing Middle School in Houston, Texas. This led to 200+ students learning Ableton Live and making original music within urban, contemporary genres, which Ableton claimed as the largest program of its kind in the world. Pat then moved to New York City, serving as Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Dubspot and helped create Dubspot Online, reaching a global audience. He later accepted a position at NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions where he completely revamped MPAP Summer Programs (the department’s main recruiting tool) and was nominated for a Team Achievement Award during his first year. He’s been a guest lecturer at NYU, at the Crane School of Music, and at Columbia University’s Teachers College on topics from modern sound design techniques to 18th-century counterpoint.
A musician for over 25 years, Pat studied at some of the nation’s most acclaimed music schools, including Arizona School for the Arts, Manhattan School of Music, School of Jazz at The New School, the Crane School of Music, and Berklee College of Music. He holds multiple certificates in curriculum development from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). And as a working musician, he’s played bass all over NYC, from famed rock club CBGBs to Carnegie Hall, from substituting in Broadway pit orchestras to late-night studio sessions with high-profile recording artists. He even did the long-term cruise ship musician gig once – ask him about it. Pat has been published by Berklee Press and Cambridge University Press, and YouTube videos in which he’s appeared in have reached over two million total views. Most recently Pat worked in Engineering at Electro-Harmonix, designing sounds and presets for various products, conducting quality control, participating in complex R&D projects, and mixing audio for official videos.
Pat received a B.M. in Music Theory and History from the Crane School of Music at S.U.N.Y. Potsdam (Alumnus of Distinction, 2011). According to Myers-Briggs, he’s an INTJ, a.k.a. the “Architect Personality”.