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Marketable Skills Award in Audio Engineering

The Grayson College Marketable Skills Award in Audio Engineering is designed to be your first step toward a career as an audio engineer, producer, recording artist, live sound technician, film/video game composer, songwriter, or sound designer. The courses in this award are intended to provide a foundational understanding of music theory, music technology, and the field of commercial music.

This award can be taken by non-music majors who are interested in pursuing a career in commercial music or by music majors intending to transfer to four-year programs in composition, audio engineering, music technology, or theatre tech.

This Award, in conjunction with an Associate of Arts degree in Music, prepares you to become a musician fl­uent with music technology. Whether you are planning to be a professional classical musician or work in commercial music, the Grayson College Marketable Skills Award in Audio Engineering will give you the foundation you need to harness your creativity.

Marketable Skills Award in Audio Engineering Courses

Fall Semester

MUSC 1327, Audio Engineering I, (2-4-3), 10.0203, Course Description: Overview of the recording studio. Includes basic studio electronics and acoustic principles, waveform properties, microphone concepts and placement techniques, studio set up and signal fl­ow, console theory, signal processing concepts, multi-track principles and operation, and an overview of mixing and editing.

 MUSC 1213, Commercial Music ­Theory I, (1-2-2), 50.0904, Course Description: Introduction to chord progressions, song forms, and harmonic techniques used in commercial music. Topics include modern chord notation and chord voicings.

Spring Semester

MUSC 2327, Audio Engineering II, (2-4-3), 10.0203, Course Description: Implementation of the recording process, including microphones, audio console, multi-track recorder, and signal processing devices.

MUSC 1321, Songwriting I, (2-3-3), 50.0994, Course Description: Introduction to the techniques of writing marketable songs including the writing of lyrics and melodies, setting lyrics to music, developing lyrical and musical "hooks", analyzing the marketplace, and developing a production plan for a song demo.

MUSB 1305, Survey of Music Business, (3-0-3), 50.1003, Course Description: An overview of the music industry including songwriting, live performance, the record industry, music merchandising, contracts and licenses, and career opportunities.

Professional recording studio with:

Digidesign C24 Mixing Console

Focal Solo6 Be Studio Monitors

Whirlwind 8 Channel Mic Switchers (x6)

True Systems Precision 8 Mic Preamps (x3)

Pro tools HD

Digidesign 192 DACs (x2)

Apple Mac Pro Tower

Neumann KM183 mt microphone (x2)

Neumann KM185 mt microphone (x2)

Sennheiser MD 421 microphone (x5)

Sennheiser MD 441 microphone (x3)

Shure SM 81 LC microphone (x4)

Mac Keyboard/Computer Lab

8 iMac Computers

8 Digidesign Mbox Audio Interfaces

8 MIDI enabled keyboards

Protools LE

The Arts and Communication building is wired with XLR snakes to record in:

The Band Hall

Choir Room

Cruce Stark Auditorium (900 seats)

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