Instructor, Communication and The Arts
Phone: 814-871-7496
Office: SCOT 003
blaetz001@gannon.edu

  • Biography
  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Professional Experience

Biography

Hey thanks for checking out the faculty profiles. I developed a love and respect for music, film and television at an early age so the study of electronice media was a natural fit for me. I have been a musician since first joining an orchestra in fourth grade.  I eventually found my voice as a bass player mostly in jazz ensembles but have performed with blues bands, eclectic rock bands and free improv musical performance ensembles.  My early interest in sound led to studying video production and editing in college. Before joining academia, I worked for an ad agency, production house, broadcast station and a cable access studio.   I have found a rewarding balance between working in the electronic arts by day and performing music on weekends.

When not working or performing, I have been known to bicycle, golf, garden and watch a lot of movies.  My wife, two sons and I find Erie to be the perfect blend of large city opportunity at a small town pace. 

Courses Taught

  • Television Production, COMM211, is an introduction to video production in a studio setting.  Includes live-to-recording media projects and an introduction to non-linear post production editing.
  • Digital Audio Production, COMM241, introduces students to audio recording and mixing for commercial radio production.  Voice over practice, music and sound effects use are highlighted along with sound design techniques for theatre and video post production.
  • Corporate Video, COMM330, is an advance production class with an empasis on remote shooting and computer editing.
  • Practicum in Media and Theatre COMM162-462
  • Special Topic Video and Audio Production Courses.  Past courses include Radio Theatre Performance, a weekly sport review show and a weekly cooking show for the hungry college student.

Educational History

  • BA. Communication Arts, Gannon University
  • M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, Gannon University

Professional Experience

  • Studio Manager, Erie Cablevision
  • Producer/Director, Norcross Lantz Media Arts
  • Producer/Director/Editor, TAL Advertising
  • Producer/Director/Editor, LiveWire Media Services
  • Instructor, Department of Theatre, Communication and Fine Arts, Gannon University (14 years)