Composer and performance artist Johnny Rodriguez received his bachelor's degree in music theory/composition from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1987, where he was a student of Reed Holmes. He later attended Bowling Green State University (Ohio), where he received a master's degree in music composition with an emphasis on computer music and graphics. His primary teachers there were Burton Beerman, Marilyn Shrude, and Donald Wilson.
He has formed and performed with many experimental music groups, such as PULSE Ensemble (San Antonio), Snake Farm (Ohio), and Daddy Monkey (San Antonio). PULSE Ensemble released a number of albums, and unreleased Snake Farm recordings received radio airplay.
Rodriguez's music is influenced by Native American, Mexican, Indonesian, and African cultures, as well as classical, jazz, rock, and new age music. He has appeared as a performance artist (Johnny Rod) and as a collaborator with dancers, poets, visual artists, and composers in various parts of the United States. He is presently an adjunct faculty member of the music department at San Antonio College and Palo Alto College in San Antonio, TX.