PROGRAM DESCRIPTION - SOUND PRODUCTION

The Sound Production program is focused on the art, science and creative nature of sound recording. Integrating the history, future technologies and business techniques to aid the student in becoming a true professional in the field. It includes the use of the latest professional hardware and software such as Pro Tools, which is known as the industry standard in recording and production houses. The program will touch upon all aspects of sound in the analog and digital realm but specializes in the areas of music, field post production.  With a high end recording booth and control room, it offers students the opportunity to learn professional techniques for performing and recording music as well as discover and express their own creativity. Not to mention, the student is learning in an environment designed to mimic real world recording and broadcast studios. All of these factors will create a well-rounded student ready to start his or her career in the industry. 

 

Course available: Grades 11 - 12

Course length: 2 years

Credits: *4 CTE credits a year

Available high school credits:  1.0 English, 1.0 specialized science

*Course must be taken with  TV/Video Production, which determines maximum credits that can be awarded.

PROGRAM CONTENT

UNITS of STUDY:

  • Sound Orientation   
  • Safety and Maintenance Techniques 
  • Vocabulary / Definitions / Theory 
  • Introduction to Audio Production 
  • Equipment and Connections
  • Broadcast Principals and Techniques 
  • Microphone Principles and Techniques  
  • Digital Multi –track Recording Applications & Principles  
  • Sound Re-enforcement (Psychoacoustics) 
  • Creating a Sound Effect / Foley Library 
  • Editing and Mixing 
  • Mastering and Duplication 
  • The Business and Law of Audio Production
  • MIDI History and Principals  
  • Advanced MIDI Techniques and Applications 
  • Advanced Pro Tools Techniques 
  • Recording Live Group Performance 
  • Self-Producing 
  • Engineering and Producing for Artist 
  • Entrepreneurship 

 

COLLEGE CREDITS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Upon successful completion of this program, students may receive college credits pending established procedures.  Students may also receive an industry certification pending successful completion of an industry certification exam.  All students completing this program and passing the appropriate industry certification exam will receive an endorsed high school diploma.  Please see below for college credits and industry certifications available.

INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION: 

  •  Skills USA: Audio / Radio Production

ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS:

  • Westchester Community College – 5 credits

CAREER PATH AND OPPORTUNITIES

Students who complete the program may seek employment or continue their studies in any of the following areas:

  • Audio Engineer
  • Assistant Engineer
  • Studio Manager
  • Musician
  • Audio Programmer
  • Mastering Engineer
  • Mixing Engineer
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Broadcast Technician
  • Producer
  • Sound Mixer & Boom Operator
  • Sound Editor
  • Sound Designer
  • Post-Production Engineer
  • Foley Artist
  • Production Assistant
  • Re-recording Engineer
  • Music/Audio Editor
  • Forensic Audio Engineer
  • Front of House / Live Sound Engineer
  • Game Audio Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • DJ / Re-mixer
  • Radio Technician
  • Station Manager
  • Radio DJ

INSIDE THE CLASSROOM

Music / Sound Production Video Samples (projects performed with the TV / Video Program)