Jeff Derringer - Columbia College Chicago

Jeff Derringer

Adjunct Professor of Instruction


Jeff Derringer is an adjunct professor of Music at Columbia College Chicago, specializing in digital music technology.

Outside of Columbia Jeff is a producer and performer who travels the world performing his live, improvised DJ and hybrid sets. His records regularly appear on the world's best techno labels and Jeff is a resident at America's longest-running and most notorious nightclub, Chicago's Smartbar. Jeff has enjoyed nearly fifteen years of success, both as a professor and an artist, helping to shape the next generation of music producers in Chicago.

Currently Jeff is preparing his next record for release on his own Oktave Records, while his residency at Smartbar continues to entertain techno fans from all over the Midwest and beyond.

Masters in Education - New York University - 1996

Bachelor of Arts - Indiana University - 1993

Instructional Areas

Digital Music Production 1 Digital Music Production 2

Creative Practice and Research Interests

New, existing and vintage technology used to create music and sound design. History of dance music, popular music, underground music and culture.


B.A., English, Journalism Indiana University 1993
M.A., Education, English New York University 1996