Robert DiFazio

Clinical Assistant Professor/Music Business Coordinator



MS in Management Information Systems - University of Illinois at Chicago, BS in Sound Recording Technology - DePaul University



Robert is a music producer and business systems developer with thirteen years of teaching experience at the college level. He has previously worked as a faculty member in the Music Business Management program at Columbia College Chicago. In 2016 he was awarded the Provost’s Excellence in Teaching Award from Columbia College Chicago and served as a member of the Provost’s Excellence in Teaching Award Committee for two years.

Robert has served as a recording engineer and music producer since 2004, working with artists including The Main Squeeze and Tim Stopulos. Robert served as a staff producer/engineer and as a manager at StudioChicago, working with clients such as Machine Gun Kelly, Snoop Dog, and the Chicago Bulls. Robert’s recent work is in application development, building solutions for businesses that provide music distribution, royalty reporting and decision support services. Robert has developed solutions for firms including NueMeta and Cache that aggregate data from APIs, DDEX messages and usage reports to produce key metrics for decision-makers. Robert holds a BS in Sound Recording Technology from DePaul University and will receive an MS in Management Information Systems from UIC in December 2018.

Robert’s students have gone on to work in top industry positions at firms such as Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Shazam, The Harry Fox Agency, and TuneCore.

Courses Taught

MUS 290: Commercial and Legal Foundations of the Music Industry
MUS 390: Record Company Marketing and Operations
MUS 395: Internship in Music Business