Recording Arts classes run in three 6-month sessions. To receive full training and value for this course, students should make this commitment to the end.
This innovative music production course covers a wide range of subjects and is designed to develop your creative abilities and skills as a music producer, whether you are an entrepreneur or hobbyist. Subjects include music production, mixing and mastering, sound design, theory, remixing, and advanced production and techniques. Every session includes interactive real-time mentoring from an expert instructor who shares their extensive music industry experience in weekly masterclasses, live hands-on sessions, and assignment feedback.
Mixing & Recording
Recording Arts is a hands-on project-based module. It is broken down into 3 phases. The first explores mixing analog sound. Using this concept, we teach students the basic principles of working with audio on an analog board.
Students will then advance into a digital mixing lab. Phase 2 is where students put the fundamental principles of analog sound to work in a modern digital mixing environment. Pre-recorded material is distributed to the students and they spend time one on one with an instructor learning how to mix in a modern setting. Students receive in-depth training on the industry-standard software, Pro Tools.
Finally, students learn the art of recording. Blending the concepts of the analog and digital phases, students start from an empty room and turn it into a full-scale recording session. Through this process, they learn about microphones and their proper placement, the acoustic space, and how it affects the recording, the ever-important connection between engineers and the artists, and much more. The end goal of this phase is to have students set up and run a session on their own.
We teach practical music theory, theory that can be used every day in the studio. Even if you don’t play any instruments, engineers and producers need to know the ideas behind how music is written. After all, theory is like a musical language for the studio. If you’re not speaking the same language, communication can break down quickly.
Music Theory 1 is the foundation. How to build chords, utilizing the circle of fifths, key signatures, time signatures, and other central principles of music comprehension are covered. So many of our students enter this program thinking they know it and quickly begin to understand the meaning behind what they may have been taught in the past.
Music Theory 2 explores advanced charting systems that are translated by listening to a song. We’re not talking about simple guitar tabs, we’re having students use techniques that help each musician stay on the same page, no matter their instrument of choice.
Music Theory 3 allows students to put into motion all of the concepts they have learned throughout the program to include recording current students.