cbIt’s #FacultyFriday – a day dedicated to introducing the BRCC community to our amazing faculty members. Today the spotlight is on Charles Brooks, DMA – Professor of Entertainment Technologies in the Division of Liberal Arts.

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Brooks has been at BRCC for 9 years. He holds Bachelor of Arts from Western Kentucky University, a Master of Arts in Performance from Austin Peay State University and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Louisiana State University. Much of Brooks’ teaching experience comes by way of his work as a graduate assistant at Austin Peay, where he taught multiple classes in Music theory and history as well as applied lessons. At LSU he was on a double scholarship with an assistantship within the percussion department, and a teaching fellowship in which he taught several classes. He also taught for a year and a half as the interim director of Percussion at the University of Minnesota. His work at BRCC includes handling the audio and music technology portion of the entertainment technology degree. The program also features four core elective courses designed by Brooks – Acoustic Theory, MIDI and Electronic Music, Intro to the Art of Foly and Intro to Music Business.

What’s your classroom motto? 
Classroom and personal motto "If you’re not living it, you’re not living it."

What are some of your hobbies or special interests? 
I have studied multiple martial arts for almost my entire life. The connection between music and martial arts is quite distinct and learning one only intensifies the other.

What is your message to students of your department?
The thing I say almost every day to students in and out of our department is to be Pro-Active rather than Re-active. So many things could be dealt with before bad things happen to us if we learn how to be Pro-Active. 

What’s one fun fact about you?
May folks don't know but I am also a painter.