Music Technology and Composition

The class will learn the concepts of basic composition and digital audio recording using freely available software including notation and audio recording software. Topics covered will include how to use basic notation and DAW software, microphone types and uses, general recording techniques, basic mixing techniques, what to look for when purchasing gear, and how to setup your home studio.

Students will compose an original piece of music utilizing a combination of live performance, pre-recorded loops, and software samplers and synthesizers to realize their composition. At the completion of the course, students will understand the many technologies in a modern recording studio and will be qualified to make high-quality recordings and at home, or any of a wide variety of audio recording projects. Each student’s composition will be featured in a final class project video.

Required Tools:
• PC or Mac based computer or laptop from 2016 or newer with at least 10gb free hard drive space.

Recommended Tools:
• External audio interface with a microphone or USB microphone.
• Closed ear headphones or earbuds.

Software Used:
• Students will be required to download and install the free “AVID ProTools” and “AVID Sibelius” in order to complete their work. They will be allowed to use other software as part of their compositions, but they will be taught how to use these two pieces of software.

This class is virtual and will take place in a Zoom meeting room. Registrants will receive their meeting ID and password in a separate email near the start date of the class.

AGES: 12+
REQUIREMENTS: Software listed above
DATES: Mondays from October 26th, 2020 – December 14th, 2020 (8 classes)
TIME: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
PRICE: $200