Recording Arts

Middle School, High School, and Adult
All Levels
Offered In-Person

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.

Music Theory

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.

Students will have the opportunity to engineer sound for individual musicians, group productions, or both.

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Frequently Asked Questions.

We understand that scheduling conflicts can occur, or students lose interest and no longer want to study music. That’s why we support the decisions of our families.

To ensure instructors have proper notice and to end your relationship with the Conservatory, we require one month’s written notice, which can be submitted within the Student Portal.

Failure to provide a one-month notice will result in the auto-payment being processed for the following month.

We absolutely believe the connection is the most important aspect of studying music. After all, music is EMOTION. It’s hard to be free when there is no connection between student and instructor.

If there’s a lack of connection, our first approach is to try to resolve this by understanding the needs of the student and how we can better serve them. If no resolution is reached, we will pair the student with another instructor according to availability.

Student tuition covers preparation and instruction time offered by the instructor. This includes the selection and purchasing of select repertoire, the development of the tailored curriculum, researching best practices for individual learning styles, the instructor’s training and experience, cost of the Spring recital, supplemental materials such as tuners and metronomes, and memberships to organizations which will ultimately catapult the student to new levels of performance.

Additionally, students are afforded amenities in the Conservatory to enhance their experience and excitement while learning music.

While tuition covers everything listed above, there are a few things tuition doesn’t cover:

  • Christmas Recital – Due to the facility rental and other fees
  • Books the student will need to study from at home
  • Required items for the upkeep of the instrument of choice

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