I treat the study of audio equivalent to the study of a musical instrument. Becoming a good audio professional, like becoming a good musician, requires thousands of hours of effort and a feedback system that is honest and direct. This effort includes deliberate practice of mechanical skills, thoughtful review of acoustics and techniques in addition to a study of the history and craft of audio. Furthermore, an audio engineer is a customer service professional that often works hand in hand with artists, producers and other engineers. I expect those that I instruct and mentor not just to be respectable in their craft but also to be respectable human beings.