Jon Newton's PSU Website


Contact Info

Office: Lincoln Hall Room 326E (at the back of the Music Technology Lab, room 326F)

Phone: 503-725-3110


If you are taking an online course with me this term, please use the D2L mail within the D2L site.

Office Hours

Spring term 2017: Tuesdays & Thursdays(11 AM - Noon) in LH 326F or by appointment.

Winter term 2017: Mondays (10-11 AM) in LH 326F or by appointment.


Spring 2017

Film Music (D2L)

Basic Materials II


MIDI Applications: Jazz Music Technology


Winter 2017

Modern Music Technology (D2L)

Basic Materials I


MIDI Applications: Music Education Technology


Jon Newton graduated from PSU in 1977 with a BA in Music Composition.

Out of college, he toured the US with folk composer Mason Williams ("Classical Gas") playing bluegrass fiddle and arranging Mason's pieces for Pops orchestra performances.

In 1984, he started a music production business in Portland, Oregon.

With partner Michael Bard, Newton formed Newton Bard Inc, a pre-eminent audio production facility in the area, in 1986. Over the next several years, Newton Bard produced numerous scores for feature films, television specials, commercials, and corporate video.

Newton Bard was an early adopter of advanced music technology, being one of the first studios in Oregon to utilize digital audio and MIDI sequencing in their commercial work.

In 1988, Newton became music director for Portland Civic Theater, and directed music for over 50 musical theater projects for several theater companies over the following years.

In 1994, Newton joined the staff at Will Vinton Studios, an internationally recognized film animation company, first as music director for films and commercials, then as concept development director for animation projects.

During his tenure, Vinton Studios produced the network TV series The PJ's, starring Eddie Murphy, along with numerous national television commercials and specials.

Leaving Vinton Studios in 2001, Newton earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Pacific University in 2003.

In 2003, Newton joined the faculty at Portland State University, where he helped create the PSU Music Technology Lab and the music technology curriculum currently in use. He also teaches courses in music theory, rock music history, and film music.

In 2015, Newton's 13th year at PSU, he was promoted to the rank of Senior Instructor I.


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Last updated August, 2016