Slam Academy thrives on the resources of friends and the wider electronic music community. A lot of our internal work is aided by interns, students, and friends of the Academy. We also draw heavily on our faculty, who often help with administrative work when it is needed.


Slam Academy
1121 NE Jackson St, Suite 142
Minneapolis, MN. 55413
(612) 293-7526

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Screen Shot 2013-01-16 at 7.08.11 PMDr. J. Anthony Allen, CEO (Chief Executive Officer)
J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. He was recently honored by the Grammy Foundation as a semi-finalist for their Music Educator of the Year award.
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jp_hat_suit_timefog-cropJames Patrick, CCO (Chief Content Officer)
James Patrick is a 15+ year DJ, producer, curator, and educator. He is a sound artist who thrives on bringing together the creative energy and ideas of his community. Through collaboration and experimentation, he creates immersive environments that explore the evolving definitions of sound art. His record label (Timefog Recordings) and events are both supported by some of the greatest names in electronic music, and his personal recordings continue to make waves in the international electronic music circuit.
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Leon-J_3_logo (1)Leon J, Outreach Programs Manager
Minneapolis-based producer, performer and educator Leon J is a creative forerunner and influence in the electronic music community. With nearly two decades of professional experience, Leon J has produced both remixed and original music featured on Beatport, Crooklyn Clan and Crack 4 DJs. An Ableton Certified Trainer and Product Specialist, Leon J also serves as Vice President and Educator at electronic arts school Slam Academy and is an adjunct faculty member of the Minneapolis Media Institute.
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Mary biz card photo2Mary Hoskins, Recruitment Specialist
Mary Hoskins is a jack-of-all-trades since joining Slam Academy. Through her title as Recruitment Specialist, she engages with prospective students while representing Slam Academy at local music events throughout the Twin Cities, as well as following-up with phone and email inquires. She has taken on a public relations role, developing and sending out Slam Academy’s various press releases. She also acts as student liaison, interacting with students from saying hello when they come through the lobby to contacting them about upcoming classes and events at or hosted by Slam Academy.

Mary is happy to set-up tours through our new facility and assist in course registrations. With our bimonthly newsletter, Mary facilitates keeping former, existing and prospective students up-to-date with Slam Academy news.  Additionally, she is poised to help prospective students find the perfect fit for their first Slam Academy learning experience.

Advisory Board

The Slam Academy Advisory Board is made up of industry professionals, producers, and educators. The Advisory Board provides input, advice, and information to all Slam Academy programs and projects.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMary Ellen Childs, Composer
Mary Ellen Childs was recently named a United States Artist Friends Fellow, awarded by nomination only to America’s “most innovative and influential artists in their fields.” She composes concert work, often with a strong visual element, for a variety of ensembles, including solo accordion, string quartets, chamber groups, and vocal works.  The creator of many multi-media works, Childs is well known for her “visual percussion” pieces for her percussion group CRASH, in which she incorporates the movements of the bodies of the performers.  Her repertoire includes DrumRoll, for four drummers on wheeled chairs, and Click, a fast-paced, game-like work for three stick-wielding performers, which The Village Voice deemed a “newly born classic, like Steve Reich’s Clapping Music, only a thousand times more virtuosic.” Childs has received commissions from the Kronos Quartet, Opera America, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Kitchen, the Walker Art Center, and the Other Minds Festival, among others.  She also serves as Program Director for the McKnight Fellowships for Dancers and Choreographers at Northrop at the University of Minnesota.
More information can be found on her website,

chris-cloudChris Cloud, Collaboration Director, MPLS.TV
Chris Cloud is a Creative Thinkdoer with a passion for collaboration driven projects like MPLSco and 30 Days of Creativity.

Co-founder of MPLSco, MPLS.TV, MPLSzine, and 30 Days of Creativity


hqdefaultSpider Hamilton, Minneapolis KFAI ‘Fresh Air Radio’ DJ

The”Original Ol’Skooler” (“Spider Hamilton00″) Dropped his first DJ mix in 1970. He has since DJ’d on the air and in clubs across the United States to now be a resident New Jack Swing radio DJ on Minneapolis’ KFAI Fresh Air Radio. Spider also holds the title as the Silky Smooth Golden Tone voice of your Dreams, an award-winning Diamond Top Pro DJ, and a master track selector representing black music culture, tradition, and heritage. He holds awards for Billboard Magazine’s R&B Station of the Year, America’s Best in Denver, Colorado 1983, the KMOJ Appreciation Award for Service to the Community, the Minnesota Black Music Awards, and was awarded the 1988 “DJ of the Year” Award by the local legendary Music Showcase Productions.

Noah_staff-picNoah Keesecker, Program Director-Artist Development, Springboard for the Arts
Noah Keesecker is a multi-disciplinary artist with an extensive background in composition.  His work expands into the realm of video, installation, text, interactive and performance art, and most recently animation.  Coming from a background in music performance and composition, his work has evolved into a diverse blend of high-energy image-heavy works fused onto musical structures of his own creation.  His source materials range from found video, to gesture based digital abstractions, to frame-by-frame animation techniques. In addition to his work in video and music, Keesecker is continually exploring more physical design mediums as well, such as, graphic design, clothing, and bicycles with the goal of forging the sight and sound of his current creative work with more physical, tactile, interactive and object-oriented performance pieces.

LeGere-Photo-e1379434702271C. Scott LeGere, Founder, NoWare Media
Over the past 15 years, Scott LeGere has played key roles in the ownership and operation of audio recording facilities, independent record labels, media schools, and commercial music production companies. During this time, he has engineered Grammy nominated albums, produced critically acclaimed independent projects, lectured economics classes of 75 students, and foolishly hauled both Yamaha CP-70s and Hammond B3s (concurrently) to gigs.
In 2010, he co-founded NoWare Media, a composition focused sound agency, and has helped produce Clio, Emmy, and Cannes Lion award winning commercial spots for clients such as Target, General Mills, The Minnesota Wild, PepsiCo, Bauer Hockey, BluDot, and others.
In addition to his professional commitments, Scott has continued to lecture and participate in panel discussions on media trends, the music industry, and higher education at national and regional conferences including CMJ, MEIEA, Pot Luck Audio Con, MENC, and TEDx.

1381467_10151617425425423_592442648_nDavid T. Lewis, Director of Career and Alumni Services @ McNally Smith College of Music
After graduating from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago with a degree in Film & Video, David Lewis founded the PR company Riot Act Media handling public relations for a slew of indie artists including Minus The Bear, Maps & Atlases and David Bazan. In 2008 David moved into higher education and has since been featured on All Things Considered, PBS, Time Out Chicago and SXSW discussing the virtues of arts and music careers. David brings the same entrepreneurial spirit and passion to McNally Smith College of Music, providing workshops, guidance, advice, dialogue, seminars, and encouragement to the school’s burgeoning talent.

a-portraitGregory Taylor, Senior Content Developer, Cycling ’74
Like Robert Henke, Keith Fullerton Whitman, or Christopher Willits, Gregory Taylor takes on the problem of developing new ways to originate pieces by setting aside typical compositional / improvisational techniques in favor of developing new technologies capable not only of generating sound, but of creating music. Here he unifies the practice of synthesis, sampling, processing and looping into a single, simultaneously occurring stream of events that the listener perceives in the same living moment in which the composer creates. The resulting music is a shifting, densely interrelated cloud of layered and juxtaposed materials which essentially make music out of music.
References point forward to a completely post-modern aesthetic while acknowledging a deep love of past and traditional musics, especially the intricate patterns and lush tunings of gamelan. Gregory’s approach creates a deep context that allows the listener to follow the sometimes smooth, sometimes abrupt turns to the entirely new, while discovering the subtle and numerous coherences of all the elements.


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1121 NE Jackson St, Suite 142
Minneapolis, MN. 55413
(612) 293-7526

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