David Bakula

Adjunct Professor, Music Industry Administration program, CSUN

David Bakula is Senior Vice President of Global Product Leadership & Industry Insights for Nielsen Music, overseeing Nielsen’s global music industry analytics and product development and driving the overall research and client development strategy.

With more than 22 years’ experience in analytics and research in the music industry, David has held senior positions at a number of multinational music companies. He began his career at Musicland Group in Merchandise Planning and Inventory Management, before moving on to Universal Music Group to build and lead their highly respected business analysis team. He has been with Nielsen for 9 years, leading product development efforts and consulting with clients to meet their analytical needs.

As an industry influencer and thought leader, David has presented his research internationally and is a highly sought after professional speaker and commentator on the music industry and emerging analytical trends. He has appeared on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Fox Business TV and is a frequent contributor to USA Today, Billboard, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes and other publications. He has authored numerous articles on music industry business matters and strategies for success. He speaks extensively at industry organizations, conferences and universities on music industry trends and research.

In CSUN’s Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration program, Professor Bakula teaches Music Industry Research, Data and Analytics (MUS 602).

Nanci Carr, J.D.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Business Law, David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, CSUN

Photo of Nanci CarrIn addition to core-curriculum courses covering contracts, torts, and agency and business organizations, Professor Carr teaches upper-division courses in entertainment law, labor and employment law, marketing law, international law, and intellectual property.

Professor Carr is also a principal at MaierCarr PC, managing a transactional practice with clients ranging from technology entrepreneurs to major teaching hospitals. Prior to forming her law firm, she was associate general counsel for Cardinal Health and counsel for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Professor Carr also serves on several committees in CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, and assists in student advisement and curriculum development. Her academic research interests are in the area of contract law.

Professor Carr received her B.S. in Business Administration from Ball State University and her J.D. cum laude, from Southwestern University School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review.

In CSUN’s Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration program, Professor Carr teaches Entertainment Business Law (BLAW 651) and Music Publishing & Copyright Administration (MUS 680).

Carey Christensen, M.S.

Lecturer, Department of Music, Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication, CSUN

Photo of Carey ChristensenCarey Christensen is a Lecturer in the Music Industry Studies (MIS) and Music Industry Administration programs (MIA) at California State University, Northridge. In addition, he serves as House Manager at the Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) and Secretary on the Executive Board of the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA).

From 2010-2017, Mr. Christensen served as the Mike Curb Endowed Chair in Music Industry Studies and Coordinator of the MIS Bachelor of Arts degree option. He is the co-founder and former Academic Director of the Masters of Arts in Music Industry Administration degree program at CSUN’s Tseng College of Extended Learning.

Prior to joining the CSUN faculty in 2008, Mr. Christensen worked for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Inc. (“The Recording Academy”) for eight years. Initially, he served as a producer of Los Angeles-area events, where he was responsible for educational and professional development programming. He later became Senior Manager of Ticketing for both the GRAMMY® and Latin GRAMMY® Award presentations. In this role, he supervised the management of multi-million dollar ticketing operations for worldwide live-television broadcasts (46-50th GRAMMY Awards and 4-8th Latin GRAMMY Awards), managed customer service call centers, and assisted legal counsel with trademark infringement matters.

Before joining The Recording Academy, Mr. Christensen worked in a variety of music industry-related sectors including music publishing, production music libraries, and as a contractor for Los Angeles-area musical acts. As a double-bass instrumentalist, Mr. Christensen has performed and/or recorded with a variety of prominent musicians.

Mr. Christensen holds a Master of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (MBA and MIS) and a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from California State University, Northridge.

In CSUN’s Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration program, Professor Christensen co-teaches Live Music Production and Promotion (MUS 684).

Deborah Cours, Ph.D.

Interim Dean, David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, CSUN

Photo of Deborah CoursDr. Cours teaches general business and marketing courses in CSUN’s undergraduate and graduate business programs as well as electives in small-business consulting and integrated marketing communications. Her research focuses on interpersonal influences on consumer behavior, especially in the contexts of family and advertising. She has also published, in collaboration with her marketing colleagues, articles on the pedagogical use of experiential learning.

Dr. Cours was the founding director of the Wells Fargo Center for Small Business and Entrepreneurship at CSUN. She currently serves as director of her college’s graduate and evening programs, including the University’s Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.

Dr. Cours earned her B.S. in Psychology at the University of Iowa, and her Ph.D. in Marketing at the University of California, Los Angeles.

In CSUN’s Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration program, Professor Cours serves as an Instructor of Record for the Comprehensive Exam (MUS 697).

Daniel Degravel, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Management, David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, CSUN

Photo of Daniel DegravelDr. Degravel has broad experience in the public and private sectors in both France and North America. This experience enables him to bring a comparative, international perspective to his teaching fields of interest, which include strategic and organizational change management and human resources management. Dr. Degravel has taught at the University of Paris Dauphine, France’s leading school of business management. He has also been a consultant and project manager for Electricité de France (EDF) Paris, a leader in Europe’s public electricity sector.

Professor Degravel joined CSUN in 2006 and has taught in the University’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program.

Dr. Degravel received his Ph.D. in Business Management (with high honors) from the University of Grenoble (II), France.

In CSUN’s Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration program, Dr. Degravel teaches Behavior in Organizations (MGT 620) and Comprehensive Exam (MUS 697).

Daniel Lovejoy, M.S.

Adjunct Professor, Music Industry Administration program, CSUN

Photo of Daniel LovejoyDaniel Lovejoy is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in California, with more than 35 years of experience in accounting and taxation and over 16 years of experience in entertainment business management.  He is currently a tax manager at Gelfand, Rennert and Feldman, LLC, a full-service business management firm for entertainers, executives and high net worth individuals. Mr. Lovejoy endeavors to deliver comprehensive financial services to clients in the fields of music, motion pictures, television, sports, literature and other creative and performing arts.  Prior to focusing on business management, Mr. Lovejoy worked for Price Waterhouse and then owned his own accounting practice with over 200 private and corporate clients in a variety of industries, providing comprehensive tax and accounting services.  Mr. Lovejoy has lectured at both for-profit and not-for-profit entities in the fields of budgeting, financial management, taxation, and accounting.

He has earned both his B.S. in Business Administration–Accounting and his M.S. in Taxation at CSUN.

In CSUN’s Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration program, Professor Lovejoy teaches Financial and Managerial Accounting in Industry (ACCT 505).

Gary Spivack

Adjunct Professor, Music Industry Administration program, CSUN

Photo of Gary SpivackWith over three decades of music industry experience, Gary Spivack is the Executive Senior Vice President/Festival Talent at Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP) as well as President of RockHouse Presents, Inc. DWP is one of the nations top full-service concert companies and an undisputed leader in Rock/Hard Rock destination music festivals while RockHouse Presents has established itself as one of the top talent booking concert companies specializing in the Alternative/Rock music genres.

After earning a BFA from the University of Colorado, Mr. Spivack entered the music industry as a drummer for a handful of (struggling) Los Angeles rock bands. He then decided to cross-over to the business side and in 1990 was hired by Elektra Records as their West Coast promotion manager. This led to the position of Vice President/Rock & Alternative Music Promotion and subsequent similar marketing positions at MCA, Atlantic, Capitol, and Geffen Records. After years of climbing up the record label ladder, Mr. Spivack left the record business in 2006 and co-founded Right Arm Entertainment. In 2013, he left Right Arm Entertainment and founded his own talent buying company now known as Rockhouse Presents. Today, RockHouse operates under the DWP umbrella and currently co-produces award winning destination music festivals such as Rock On The Range (Ohio), Carolina Rebellion (North Carolina) and Northern Invasion (Wisconsin). In addition, RockHouse Presents also helps curate and market many of the most recognized radio hosted events around the country including EdgeFest (Dallas), BFD (San Francisco), MMRBQ (Philadelphia), and XFest (San Diego) to name a few. Mr. Spivack is in daily contact with music agents, band managers, national promoters and key Rock and Alternative radio programmers from all over North America.

In CSUN’s Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration program, Mr. Spivack co-teaches Live Music Production and Promotion (MUS 684).

Andrew Surmani, MBA

Academic Lead, M.A. in Music Industry Administration program and Assistant Professor of Music, Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication

Photo of Andrew SurmaniProfessor Surmani joined CSUN’s faculty with over 30 years of music industry experience. In addition to teaching at CSUN, he is currently the CEO of Caleb Chapman’s Soundhouse, a contemporary music performance studio in Utah with plans for global expansion through franchising. Prior to this position, he served as Chief Marketing Officer for Alfred Music, the worldwide leader in educational music publishing since 1922. In this role, he oversaw global sales, marketing and product development and helped consolidate company operations following the largest acquisition in print music publishing history (Alfred’s purchase of Warner Brothers Publications). He launched and oversaw major product lines, introduced innovative marketing campaigns and expanded into global markets. During Surmani’s tenure, Alfred launched some of its most successful product lines, including Accent on Achievement, Strictly Strings, Choral Designs, Alfred Pop Choral, Essentials of Music Theory and the revolutionary, customizable band and string methods, Sound Innovations.

An accomplished trumpet player, Professor Surmani also works as a freelance musician. He has performed in the Montreux (Switzerland), Istanbul (Turkey), Juan les Pins (France), Jazz à Vienne (France), Lake Biwa (Japan), San Sebastian (Spain), Umbria (Italy), and Wigan (England) jazz festivals. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls at Lincoln Center in New York; Fumon Hall in Tokyo, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. In addition, Professor Surmani led a band and performed on lead trumpet in two shows at Walt Disney World, taught trumpet privately, and managed high school groups on tour to Hawaii and Japan for a music-production company.

A co-author of the best-selling Essentials of Music Theory, Mini Music Guide: Music Theory Essentials, Copyright Handbook for Music Educators and Directors, Alfred’s Music Playing Cards: Classical Composers and Alfred’s Music Playing Cards: Instruments, Professor Surmani has also published articles in educational and music-industry journals and conducted workshops on music education and industry topics throughout the world.

Professor Surmani was a founding board member and is a Past President of the international Jazz Education Network (JEN), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. He also serves on the Music Technology Advisory Board at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI); the Technology Institute for Music Education (TI:ME) Advisory Board; the College Music Society Editorial Board; and was founder and a Past President of the MATES Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation formed to support a new arts-and-technology charter school in Thousand Oaks, California. Professor Surmani also served on the Curriculum Development Committee for CSUN’s M.A. in Music Industry Administration degree program.

Professor Surmani holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance and a Master of Business Administration degree (M.B.A.), both from California State University, Northridge.

In CSUN’s Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration program, Professor Surmani teaches Music Industry Developments (MUS 580), and co-teaches Current Trends in the Music Industry (MUS 693) with Robert Teegarden. He also co-administers the Comprehensive Exam (MUS 697).

Robert Teegarden, MIA

Adjunct Professor, Music Industry Administration program, CSUN

Photo of Robert TeegardenRobert Teegarden is a music industry educator and practitioner with over 10 years of experience in Copyright, Licensing and Royalty Accounting. Robert has a Masters in Industry Administration degree from California State University, Northridge. During his tenure at Universal Music Group, he licensed all product configurations, was the single point of contact for all new-media royalty payments, and was a major contributor to several system and label integrations throughout the business. A Toastmaster, Robert has lead several workshops on leadership in the workplace and personal development. He also owns his own ecommerce business with his wife and is a consultant for several small businesses through the San Fernando Valley. In addition to teaching at CSUN, Robert is also a part-time lecturer at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona UCLA Extension and Musicians Institute, Hollywood.

In CSUN’s Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration program, Professor Teegarden co-teaches Music Publishing and Copyright Administration (MUS 680) and Current Trends in the Music Industry II (MUS 693).

Note: we will not offer MUS 693 after Spring 2018.

Franck Vigneron, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Marketing, David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, and Director, Wells Fargo Center for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (CSUN)

Photo of Franck VigneronIn CSUN’s undergraduate and graduate business programs, Dr. Vigneron teaches marketing principles, consumer behavior, brand management, entrepreneurship and consulting for small businesses, and his research focuses on luxury-brand management. In 2007, he received the “Best Paper of the Decade Award” for “Prestige-Seeking Consumer Behavior,” which was published in the Academy of Marketing Science Review. His research in this field culminated in the creation of the “Brand Luxury Index” (BLI) scale, an instrument used to measure brand luxury throughout the consumer-marketing universe.

Professor Vigneron is also a serial entrepreneur with experience in both building “start-ups” and managing existing companies. In 2011, The Tasting Panel magazine named him “innovator of the year” in the wine and spirits industry for his invention of the “Single Brandy” concept, and he is the current CEO of a cognac company that is over 200 years old.

Dr. Vigneron’s academic credentials include two bachelor’s degrees — the first in Business Administration, granted by the state of Zurich (Switzerland) and the second in Marketing, issued by the state of Isere (France). He also has a graduate diploma in International Marketing from the state of Geneva (Switzerland) as well as a master’s degree in marketing from the University of Stirling (Scotland). His Ph.D. in Marketing is from the University of Sydney in Australia.

In CSUN’s Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration program, Professor Vigneron teaches Entrepreneurship in the Music Industry (MUS 683).

Kristen Walker, MPA, Ph.D.

Associate professor, Department of Marketing, David Nazarian College of Business and Economics (COBAE), CSUN

Dr. Walker’s research interests include interactive marketing, social media, retail environments, brand preference, “Big Data,” and Internet privacy. She has worked on many projects dealing with social networking and consumer-privacy protection, and frequently involves her students in client-related research projects. Recent client partnerships have involved the creation of a national marketing campaign for UFC/Fox Deportes, and consultation with Buzzine, a multi-platform content network that connects artists, audiences and advertising.

Dr. Walker’s academic career began at CSUN, when — while earning her MPA degree — she examined the U.S. Army’s “Be All You Can Be” campaign. She subsequently earned her Ph.D. in Marketing at UCLA, where she examined the relationships between marketing, public-policy making, and higher education. As a professor, Dr. Walker has advised both MBA students and CSUN undergraduates as part of the Wells Fargo Center for Small Business & Entrepreneurship. She was awarded first place as project supervisor for the Agora Realty and Management, Inc. team in the 2010 Graduate Specialized Project of the Year competition. An avid music lover, she attends live concerts as often as her busy schedule — which includes consulting for small businesses and nonprofit organizations — permits.

In CSUN’s Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration program, Professor Walker teaches Marketing Management (MKT 640).