Strother Bullins

Edward Strother Bullins is an educator and pro audio technologist, musician and B2B publishing industry editor, writer, and product reviewer with over 20 years of experience in the disciplines of professional studio recording, live sound, and multimedia broadcast. As the longstanding Technology Editor for Future Publishing’s (formerly NewBay Media) AV/Pro Audio Group (Mix magazine, Pro Sound News, Pro Audio Review, and Sound & Video Contractor), Strother specialized in explaining and verbalizing the complex technologies, systems, and challenges of creating multimedia content for those fields most dedicated professionals.

Strother is a 1996 graduate of Appalachian State University’s respected Music Industry Studies program with a general business minor, and 1997 graduate of Los Angeles Recording School’s Recording Engineering Program.

In 2016, while still serving as Technology Editor, he simultaneously returned to school in order to fulfill a calling to serve the K-12 public school system as a classroom teacher. In 2018, Strother received my second Bachelor of Science degree, this time in Elementary Education, from Lees-McRae College of Banner Elk, NC. Since graduation, he has worked for NC’s Stokes County Schools at Piney Grove Middle School as their sole eighth grade social studies teacher.

As a fledgling middle school teacher, it wasn’t long before Strother realized exactly how useful his transferable skills — those gained in the pro audio/video and print/digital publishing industries — were to my new role as a classroom teacher of tech-savvy, digital native young teenagers.

In an era of historic cultural change, pushed forward by disruptive technologies and new media consumption habits, effective classroom teachers must reach students where they are in order to most effectively educate and inspire them. By being a content creator, rather than simply an end-user of preexisting content and technologies, Strother discovered he could give his students a unique classroom experience, keeping them engaged and encouraging enthusiasm.