Peter Carney | Designing Curiosity
Pete Carney was a music history teacher at City Colleges of Chicago from 2007 to 2013, and was frustrated with the boring textbooks available for his students. Knowing his students would rather read their smartphones than textbooks, Carney worked for two years in his basement to design a new approach that reached and challenged his students.
Carney and fellow adjunct music professor Brian Felix created a groundbreaking iBook, Interactive Listening, that was immediately named by Apple Inc. in 2014 as the #1 Editor’s Choice in all categories of iBooks. It was the first music education method ever to be featured on Apple's iTunes website. Created for digital-savvy students, Interactive Listening is now taught in over 200 schools nationwide, featuring Hollywood-style graphics, an orchestra of 3-D instruments, and interactive games.
Carney also enjoys a distinguished career as a professional saxophonist and composer who has worked with Grammy winners Kirk Franklin, Tito Puente, the Winans, and the Plain White T’s. His greatest musical experience was touring the Chitilin’ Blues Circuit with Little Milton and opening for B.B. King. He lives with his wife/editor, Caroline, in Chicago where he is currently finishing a doctorate in music at the University of Illinois.