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David Dow

David Dow
Instructor - Music 
Arts, Humanities & Communications 
Performing and Media Arts Center 232 
Office Hours:     
Thursday, 2:45p.m. - 3:45p.m. 


For students enrolled in my classes. My music technology classes are hybrid classes which means thy meet in the classroom and online using Canvas. Music Appreciation and Keyboards Skills 1 classes also utilize the Canvas online system.

Getting Setup On canvas

  1. Go to (I suggest you bookmark this page for easy access)
  2. Click on “Forgot Password?” 
  3. Enter your MJC student email address (you must use your student email or it won’t work)
  4. Click on “Request Password”
  5. Check your student email account for the invitation to re-set your password
  6. Log into Canvas using your student w# as your username and new password
  7. If you need help, call the help desk at 575-7900


DAVID DOW is a graduate of Modesto Junior College with an Associate Of Arts degree in music and a former Instructional Aide in the MJC Music Department.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music composition from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Arts degree in music composition from San Jose State University.  He has also studied computer music at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Dow has been a composer, programmer and consultant for Activision Software, Inc. in Mountain View, CA and Audiolight Music Software, Inc. in Los Gatos, CA.  He was the composer for the Atari 520-1040ST computer demo and was the sound-synthesizer consultant for the Apple IIgs National Sales Training Convention in Cupertino, CA.  Mr. Dow has been a music instructor at DeAnza College, Cupertino, CA, Chabot College, Hayward, CA, California State University Stanislaus Turlock, CA and the University of the Pacific, Stockton,CA.  He is currently teaching piano, recording and electronic music at MJC and teaching music privately.  In his recording studio, Aurora Music Productions (, he produces music for theater, dance and video soundtracks as well as radio and television commercials.  Mr. Dow has performed music professionally as a keyboard player and vocalist for more than thirty years with artists like Bill Champlin (Chicago), Tom Coster (Santana), Mick Gillette (Tower Of Power), Pete Escovedo, Clark Terry, James Moody, John Faddis and many more. He is a prolific composer with one hundred compositions in many different styles.


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