Assistant Professor (Guitar)
An experienced freelance and church musician, Jeff Askew offers a host of skills to his students interested in the world of contemporary music. Mr. Askew teaches Sound Production I and II, applied guitar lessons, Intro to Guitar class, Advanced Guitar I and II, and coaches one of the Music in Worship Department bands.
Education & Influences
Teachers include Bruce Forman, Scott Tennant, Steve Trovato, Richard Smith, Shelly Berg, Carl Verheven, Frank Potenza, Pat Kelley, Jeff Cogan, Ron Eschete and Joe Diorio.
Mr. Askew is a freelance musician who works throughout L.A. and Orange County. Performing for concerts all over Southern California, he appears on stage with a variety of performers, including:
Mr. Askew has great interest in music production and is involved in producing projects for artists throughout Southern California. Recently he has been recording library music for Warner Brothers/Chappell Music and a performed on a number of pop/worship artist's projects.
Outside of Biola, Mr. Askew has taught at Orange County High School of the Arts. Another of Mr. Askew's projects is a website called Worship Guitar Now, which offers for sale instructional video series for guitarists.
Mr. Askew has been actively involved in church music for a number of years. He served as a guitarist at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA from 1998-2007. Today, he still occasionally appears on the "Hour of Power" broadcast program. He is also the Director of Instrumental Music at Messiah Lutheran Church in Yorba Linda, CA.
Mr. Askew is thrilled to work at Biola, and notes that the character of the university is what makes it an amazing place. "The commitment and passion of the faculty combined with what Biola stands for are what make this place special."
It was quite fitting for Mr. Askew to return Biola as a faculty member in 2003 since being a student at Biola had such a profound impact on his musical and spiritual growth. He says that the training he received here provided a foundation for his decision-making skills and taught him how to interact with his secular colleagues. He also vividly remembers a quote from his professor Robert Feller: "Being 'on time' means you're late—you gotta be early!" Mr. Feller's advice taught him about the values of organization and multi-tasking that are necessary to be a successful freelance musician.
Worship Guitar Now: http://worshipguitarnow.com/about/