Faculty

The Music/Recording Industry certificate is under review and is not admitting new students at this time. Please contact the College of Extended Learning for further information.

Larry Batiste

Larry Batiste is a producer, vocalist, songwriter, publisher, instrumentalist,and arranger. He is co-owner of Pure Delite Music and has written and published over 250 songs for artists such as Al Jarreau, Patti Austin, Michael Bolton, Whitney Houston and the Spinners. He has contributed to soundtracks such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Stuart Little and Snow Dogs for Disney. His television show credits include Jag, Nash Bridges, Passions and All My Children. Larry is also a former Chapter President, Trustee and current governor of the San Francisco Chapter of The Recording Academy, producers of the Grammy Awards. We are pleased to welcome Larry to our MRI faculty roster.


Jon Bendich

From 1987 - 1992 Jon was signed as a songwriter and co-publisher with Famous Music. Jon's catalog contains over 280 songs with more than eighty songs released on record. Jon's songs have been recorded by an assortment of R&B and Pop acts including Peabo Bryson (BMG), Larry Graham (Capitol), Walter Beasley (Polygram), Will Clayton (Polygram), Joe Public (Sony), Starpoint (Elektra), Z' Looke (Orpheus/Capitol), Omar Chandler (MCA), Shades of Lace (Polygram), Street Fare (Atlantic) and Lenny Williams (Fantasy).

Jon has also worked for the past thirty-five years as a percussionist, producer and songwriter in the SF Bay Area. Jon has performed with Tito Puente, George Duke & Stanley Clarke, Robin Ford, Sheila E., Pete Escovedo, Andy Narrell, The Last Poets, Frank McComb, Lisa Stansfield, MC Hammer, Lenny Williams and Ray Obiedo.


Kerry Fiero

Kerry Fiero began working in the music industry in 1996 as a personal manager for an act on Atlantic Records. She went on to work at a nationally recognized management firm before starting her own management company, Strive Management, which she ran for ten years. Her passion to support & promote the careers of music artists and music professionals has opened many doors in her career: personal manager, tour manager, event planner, publicist, marketing & booking for a venue & award show, paralegal at an entertainment law firm and establishing the SF Chapter of NARIP. She is an adjunct professor in both the MRI program and the Event Planning program. See Kerry Fiero on LinkedIn.


Lewis Robertson

Lewis Robertson is a San Francisco-based musician and audio engineer with a prestigious history of working with some of the industry's best, including Carrie Underwood, Josh Groban and Tony Bennett. Lewis began his journey with a bachelor's degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and went on to become a staff member at New York City's famed Avatar Studios. He now tours with Jefferson Starship and Quicksilver Messenger Service as their Production Manager and runs a boutique music production company which works out of the world famous Fantasy Studios. His other credits include advising the creation of the Berklee Online Steve Vai course and performances with George Clinton and P-Funk, Jefferson Starship and Paul Taylor.


Jami Stigliano Andosca

Jami Stigliano Andosca is a senior music industry executive with 15 years of experience in artist management and marketing. She has worked with artists such as CeeLo Green, Jordin Sparks, Cody Simpson, Eric Benet and producer/writer Claude Kelly, including seven years at Jive Records where she oversaw campaigns for Britney Spears, P!nk, Chris Brown and the entire pop / urban roster. She is currently a marketing consultant for Sony Music and numerous technology companies, independent artists and brands in addition to being the founder/CEO of a women's dance fitness franchise. Jami has been a guest lecturer and panelist at Stanford University, University of New Haven and New York University and is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Corporate Communication. She divides her time between NYC, Central Texas and San Francisco.


Timm Walker

Timm Walker has many recording engineering and production credits, to include latest work on the most recent CD release by his own band BeaufunK titled “Resuscitation of FunK.” Like the other two releases by the band, Walker did most of the songwriting, as well as all or most of the engineering and production. He has also been involved extensively in the production and engineering of a soon to be released recording by the legendary funk drummer Zigaboo Modeliste, original drummer of The Meters. In addition, Walker has engineered and produced many other works by numerous Bay Area artists.

As a teacher, Timm has been an Assistant Professor at Contra Costa College and SF State's College of Extended Learning - Music Recording Industry Program for more than fourteen years. He has also taken temporary assignments at Los Medanos College several times during his teaching career. During said career, Walker has studied and worked primarily with the digital audio program Pro Tools. All his classes to date have used Pro Tools as the audio program of choice. In addition to software based recording techniques, Timm also has extensive knowledge and experience with the hardware world of production, such as consoles, microphones, effects processors, and MIDI devices, including all of these in his class curriculum. In addition to teaching from Pro Tools, Walker has also structured and taught classes that focus on MIDI production, primarily using the MIDI program Reason.

Perhaps more than any of the above, Timm Walker is a well established professional musician in the Bay Area and beyond. Although primarily known as a bassist and vocalist, he has lately begun to establish himself as a formidable guitarist, acquiring the second guitar chair with a band formed and lead by aforementioned legendary drummer Zigaboo Modeliste. Walker is also the founder, bassist, and secondary vocalist of the BeaufunK, as well as a member of the driving rhythm section of the Bay Area’s popular Zydeco Flames. Walker has also toured with the Grammy winning Elvin Bishop Band.