John Hargis is a Digital Media Specialist at Tacoma Public Library's StoryLab. He holds a certificate from Berklee College of Music as a Specialist in electronic music production and sound design for film and television. As a freelance educator Mr. Hargis designs targeted curriculum, provides one-on-one instruction and inspires students of all backgrounds, ages and skill sets in the planning, development and distribution of all forms of digital media including music, video, computer coding, web design, photography and image-making.
John’s background includes video, audio and cable TV production as well as computer programming, database management and web design. He has conducted group and individual trainings for college-bound students, high school faculty, the general public and undergraduate media interns since 1994.
In 2002 Mr. Hargis received specialized training in SAP Software and code writing as part of the City of Tacoma's Business Systems Improvement Project. There, he worked for 18 months in the integration of city-wide systems into a relational database using ABAP code, SQL, HTML, CSS and other programming protocols. His primary duties included project development and working with a team of developers in device management.
For the past 12 years John has taught drums and music production at Federal Way School of Music and privately in Gig Harbor, Washington. He has served as pit orchestra Director for Peninsula High School's summer band camp program and provides custom sound design for Eruption Drum and Bugle Corps' yearly DCI competitions.
John is a hand-drum enthusiast, facilitating weekly drum circles at the Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation. He has performed as a classic rock and blues musician in the Puget Sound area for the past 15 years and volunteers regularly for local theatrical and stage presentations in the greater Tacoma area.