Luanne Fose, Ph.D. - Bio

Dr. Luanne FoseLuanne Fose is the Lead Instructional Designer for the Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Her position at Cal Poly is primarily focused upon conducting faculty workshops on technological applications, pedagogy, and accessibility; providing workshops and one-on-one faculty consultation in PolyLearn (Moodle) and other software applications; and developing courseware to assist faculty in enhancing their on-campus courses as well as hybrid, online, and flipped instruction. Luanne, a Macintosh aficionado, is the primary trainer for all faculty/staff Macintosh classes at Cal Poly, offering courses in Mac OS X, iMovie, iPhoto, iWeb, GarageBand, Final Cut Express, Automator, Keynote, PowerPoint, Enhanced Podcasting, Camtasia, and Educational Uses of the iPad/iPhone/iPod.

Before assuming her position at Cal Poly, Luanne was a professor of music theory and music technology in the university classroom for over twelve years with a strong emphasis on music technology and instructional pedagogy. She often serves as a MIDI music consultant for a wide variety of institutions -- both public and private -- and has been very active as a clinician in MIDI and educational technology as well as a commissioned composer.

Luanne holds a Doctor of Philosophy in music theory/musicology from the University of North Texas, a Masters of Music in music theory/trombone from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Point Loma Nazarene University with a double major in music theory/music education. Her groundbreaking ear training software, Basic Ear Training Skills (a 10-disk package for aural drill in intervals, chords, rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation), which accompanies the textbook by Dr. Robert Ottman, was published by Prentice-Hall in the early 1990's. She has also written several unpublished software projects that are implemented in MIDI music labs at Indiana University, University of North Texas, Point Loma Nazarene University, and the University of San Diego. Her online software project, Melody a Day, is available to students free-of-cost on the web, is currently being used by AP high school and college music teachers nationwide.

Besides her interests in music technology, Luanne is also a Latin scholar. While studying Medieval/Renaissance music under the UNT music faculty, she studied Latin privately under Professor Barbara Huggins. Those studies resulted in the completion of her dissertation -- the first Latin-English translation and commentary of the well-known Renaissance music treatise, the "Musica Practica" of Bartolomeo Ramos de Pareia. The results of the translation was the discovery that some pre-conceived theories about Ramos' tuning method were highly misunderstood due to a few out-of-context translations that resided in music theory literature.

Luanne has taught on the music faculty of Indiana University, the University of North Texas, Point Loma Nazarene University, the University of San Diego, and San Diego State University. Actively involved in the church since childhood, Luanne has served in a variety of capacities (e.g., organist, choir director, contemporary worship band director, resident composer, handbell director, pianist, and MIDI specialist) on the music staff of the Mission Hills United Methodist Church and the Pacific Beach United Methodist Church of San Diego, California and the Atascadero United Church of Christ. She currently serves as the principal pianist/organist and media technician/designer for Atascadero United Methodist Church. She continues to remain active as a musician on the Central Coast of California. She is an avid lover of jazz (especially Dixieland) and performed frequently on trombone with the Tin Roof Hot Cats Dixieland Band of San Diego and she is currently plays trombone with the San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra. Her newest instrument passion is playing the soprano sax but she has also formally studied piano, organ, harpischord, accordion, trombone, classical guitar, electric bass, and cello.

Luanne is also active as a composer. Her children's musicals, The Christmas Rose and The Mystery Child have both been premiered by the Pacific Beach United Methodist Church. The PBUMC Voices of Praise Choir have performed many of her compositions and arrangements and commissioned an adult Christmas musical drama entitled Joseph: The Earthly Father, which examines the Christmas nativity from Joseph's point of view. Other compositions include music commissioned for the California Space Institute and a commissioned piano arrangement of Great is Thy Faithfulness on Dr. Kay Etheridge's CD, A Return to Hymns.

A pioneer in spirit, Luanne was one of the first instructors at San Diego State University to develop and teach computer music classes entirely online with HTML and database programming (before the days of the Blackboard Learning Management System) and she authored an online textbook Finale Tutorials for the Professional Musician (both for Finale 98 and Finale 2000). For a short time, Luanne also worked as a Senior Technology Consultant/Developer for, assisting professors in the development of university courses on the World Wide Web in a variety of disciplines. Currently, she is especially interested in assisting musicians in promoting their art on the web and developing a music course titled Web Design for Musicians.

Luanne utilizes a variety of multimedia applications to assist faculty in finding ways to teach more effectively and continues to compose commissioned original works and arrangements for campus projects, churches, web sites, and solo musical artists. She serves on several campus committees in order to keep a pulse on the academic technological and pedagogical needs of the faculty and administration at Cal Poly.