Berklee College of Music has appointed Emmy Award-winning engineer and producer Pablo Munguía (pictured) as the director of its master of music production, technology, and innovation program at Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain. Munguía, a native of Mexico, takes on the new role beginning July 1, 2016.
“We are very excited about welcoming Pablo Munguía to Valencia,” says María Martínez Iturriaga, executive director of Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain. “Pablo is an outstanding and talented professional with not only remarkable experience in the industry but also an incredible set of skills that make him perfect to lead this program and provide our students with an education experience that will prepare them for the music industry of tomorrow.”
After earning a Bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Munguía attended Berklee College of Music on a scholarship and graduated with a professional degree in music production and engineering.
He then moved to Los Angeles and joined Westlake Audio, where he assisted renowned producers and engineers including Quincy Jones, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, David Foster, Randy Jackson, Tommy Vicari, and Matt Forger, recording artists like Sting, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Carole King, Ricky Martin, Eros Ramazzotti, Michel Polnareff, Usher, L.L. Cool J., Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys.
As a freelance engineer, Munguía worked with NSYNC and Britney Spears on two multi-Platinum releases. He also engineered for The Who, Lionel Richie, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, and The Backstreet Boys, and for top Mexican artists including Thalia, Paulina Rubio, and Carlos Cuevas.
Gaining experience with programming and digital systems gave Munguía a unique command of the leading platforms in the music industry, including Ableton Live, Logic and Pro Tools; as a result, he has established himself as one of L.A.’s top Pro Tools gurus.
Munguía has been nominated for 16 Primetime Emmy Awards and won five times in the category Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special. He has also worked with the audio teams responsible for the Super Bowl halftime show, The American Music Awards, MTV’s Video Music Awards, The Billboard Awards and the BET Awards. Additionally, Munguía has worked on American Idol, The X-Factor, and the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics in China. In Mexico, he worked on the Pan American Games and was in charge of the audio for La Academia: Última Generación.
From 2006 to 2009, Munguía worked in the Entertainment Studies Department at the University of California, Los Angeles Extension (UCLA Extension), where he was part of the committee that revamped the institution’s curriculum and also taught Advanced Audio Engineering Techniques and Independent Music Production.
For more information, go to www.berklee.edu and valencia.berklee.edu/academic-programs/master-degrees/master-in-music-technology-innovation.
Munguía’s full bio can be found at www.pablomunguia.com/bio.