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Class Description

Students will explore the art of live recording, focusing on: writing/arranging original music, instrument proficiency, music theory, microphones, live recording, music production, and mixing/mastering techniques. Students will create group and individual projects to hone their skills! 

Learning Objectives: in this class, students will learn about

  • Writing and arranging original music
  • How to create, edit, mix, and master in a DAW (Digital Audio Work Station) 
  • Studying studio techniques focusing on microphones, audio routing, and studio management 
  • Practicing instrument proficiency 
  • Practicing the art of the peer critique and giving peer critiques on the progress of student work;
  • Opportunities and potential resources on career pathways;
  • How to distribute, exhibit, and promote artwork for a variety of audiences.


  • iMac
  • iPad
  • Microphones
  • Audio Interface
  • Studio Monitors
  • Ableton Push
  • Basic Studio Gear (Headphones, Cables, Mic Stands, DI Boxes)
  • Instruments (Drums, Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Vocals, Beat Pad, MIDI Controller)


  • Ableton Live 11
  • Logic Pro X
  • GarageBand

Deliverables: Students and Class Projects

  • Class Project (1-3 Songs) – Write, record, and produce a through-composed musical piece.
    • Students may split into groups, depending on class size and skill level, with each group creating their own piece.
  • Individual Projects (1-3 Songs) – Write, record, and produce a through-composed musical piece.
  • Three “Just Do It” Projects – short-form musical experiments created by students during one class period.
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