Staff in the Spotlight: Jonny Callender

July 31, 2018

At Havant & South Downs College, we have a number of highly skilled, dedicated and passionate teaching staff.

These lecturers go above and beyond to help our students reach their full potential.

We want to shout about these integral members of our HSDC community, so every month we will be finding out about the people behind our teaching excellence with our ‘Staff in the Spotlight’ feature.

This month we are recognising Jonny Callender who is the Course Leader for the Higher National Diploma in Music Production & Performance.

Jonny Callender

How long have you worked at the College?
23 years

What are your main responsibilities at the College?
Specialist Audio Production Lecturer and Course Manager.

Why did you choose the subject that you teach?
I have always loved the magic of documenting music and capturing sound.

What was your journey/training before coming to HSDC?
I initially trained in Sonar so I added that to my love of music and naturally moved in to Audio Production. I have engineered and produced more than 20 commercial albums.

Do you practice the subject you teach outside of work? 
I perform professionally as a drummer. My current band are French and are based in Marseille and Monaco so I gig a lot in France. I also have my own recording studio where I can develop my production skills and work professionally with many artists.

What is the highlight of your role at HSDC?
Everyday is interesting and challenging. I love to learn new skills and ideas from my students.

What kind of careers have your students gone on to do?
Sound Production in TV, Broadcasting, Touring Artists, Events Promoters. So many success stories. Truly wonderful.

What is something about your job that people don’t know about?
I constantly put the latest industry standards and techniques in to my teaching. Massive daily doses of CPD.

What kind of opportunities are students offered on your course?
Students get to work with professional artists both technically and creatively, go out on tour and organise and work on professional events.

What three words would your students use to describe you?
Dad Dancing Champion!