Dr. Polishook has written tutorials in electronic music that are distributed with the open-source SuperCollider programming language. His learning materials have been used and adapted into electronic music courses taught at Stanford, University of Washington, and the Eastman School of Music among others. In addition, Dr. Polishook has lectured on SuperCollider in the United States, Europe, and Japan.
During the 2001/02 academic year, Dr. Polishook ran a grant-funded Handheld Composing program at CWU. The case study he wrote about the project has been published by Routledge Press in Mobile Learning: A Handbook for Educators and Trainers. Dr. Polishook is among a select group of educators named in that book as visionaries for their work with mobile technology.
In 2004, Palm, at that time a leader in mobile technology solutions based a TV commercial for the Super Bowl directly on Dr. Polishook’s Handheld Composing project. The commercial featured a performance by his students at Central Washington University, all of whom played Palm’s handhelds as musical instruments.
Dr. Polishook currently resides in Leicester in the UK where he teaches all things related to the piano, including improvisation and classical repertoire, jazz, composition, music theory, and music technology. He gives lessons locally in his studio and internationally through Skype video conferencing.
As for his studio, it combines old and new technology. It matches a Steingraeber Phoenix 205, a grand piano made in limited quantities, the first of which was built specially for Franz Liszt, with equipment for electronic music, recording, and video conferencing.
A recent addition to the studio is a modular analogue synthesis system. These components—piano, recording equipment, video conferencing, old and new school synthesis come together into an extended instrument, an environment that draws from both the historical legacy of the piano, and from new and upcoming innovations in music technology. Finally, these elements all come together into Dr. Polishook’s solo piano concerts.