Rychard Cooper holds a degree in Audio Engineering from Long Beach City College, and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Composition from the Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. He has twice been awarded the Don Andrus Prize in Electronic Music.
He has worked professionally as a recording engineer, producer, sound designer, and has contributed to the design and construction of many recording studios in the Los Angeles area.
In 1999 Rychard began teaching classes in music technology, music theory and composition for the California State Summer School for the Arts, (CSSSA). This is a Summer-Arts school for gifted high-school students, taught on the campus of the California Institute of the Arts. In 2002 he became the head of the composition program and from 2008-2010 served as the chair of the CSSSA music department.
In 2000, Rychard created the recording program at Cypress College, where he taught classes in audio engineering and record production.
Rychard currently teaches at CSULB with classes in Music Technology, Electronic Music, Sound Design, and Digital Media. He also created a class called Digital Ethics, which explores the concept of intellectual property in a digital world. This class has been offered as part of the Odyssey Project, and the B-Word Project for the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts.
In the fall of 2009 Rychard worked as an assistant to Brian Eno as part of the 77 Million Paintings exhibition.
In addition to his teaching position, Rychard is the Media Production Specialist for the Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB.