Robert Blaine, conductor, soloist and scholar balances diverse artistic and academic worlds with agility and aplomb. Serving as Jackson State University’s Special Assistant to the Provost for CyberLearning, Director of GEAR (Global Education through Analytical Reasoning), Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies at Jackson State University, Robert Blaine is highly active through his multifaceted career.
Congruent with his dissertation project, “Gaming to Teach; Using a Virtual Reality Structured Intranet to Teach Solo Trombone Works by Rabe, Persichetti and Xenakis”, Dr. Blaine has long been interested in the intersection between art, teaching and technology. His role as conductor of Jackson State University’s CyberLearning initiative provides leadership for the development of a 21st century learning environment for students and faculty.
Dr. Blaine’s most recent leadership initiatives have resulted in the development of INNOVATE, a center for the development and dissemination of digital content; CREATE, a center for project-based learning; the Digital Core, an interdisciplinary general education core delivered as multi-touch digital textbooks; and the recent designation of Jackson State University as one of only four institutions honored as Apple Distinguished Schools in the nation. Dr. Robert Blaine is an Apple Distinguished Educator and an endorsing artist of the C. G. Conn Company. Dr. Blaine performs on Conn instruments exclusively.