The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is adapting an existing curriculum for students who want a career in music – but not on stage or in the commercial side of the industry.
UL Lafayette has launched a recording arts concentration for its bachelor’s degree in music, according to a statement from the university. Classes will begin this fall.
The new concentration is designed to prepare graduates for jobs as music producers, sound engineers, mixers, editors, and other audio production careers.
It’s also designed to allow them to work in virtually any musical medium, including recording, television, film, animation and video games, said Chris Munson, an associate professor who will coordinate the arts concentration of the record.
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“Many students who love music don’t want to play an instrument, but want to help create it, whether it’s in the control room of a recording studio, making music on the computer, by hosting concerts or any number of behind-the-scenes roles,” Munson explained.
Music majors pursuing the Recording Arts concentration will study the technical aspects of studio recording and live sound production. On the other hand, they will not take music lessons or perform in ensembles, requirements of the University’s eight other concentrations for music majors.
Instead, they’ll delve into a curriculum stacked with music production lessons. Students will learn recording techniques, live event production, electronic music, audio engineering, mixing, mastering, beat making, sound design, and computer music.
Familiarity with the School of Music and Performing Arts studios set up for recording, post-production, electronic music and mastering will also be necessary. So will collaborating with other music majors on projects produced through student-run Ragin’ Records.
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Trekking to Los Angeles, New Orleans, Austin or Nashville – where Munson spent two decades as a drummer, studio executive and record label executive – is no longer the only route to a successful career in audio production. .
“Artists no longer need major record labels to release their music, and many are choosing to do it themselves,” Munson said.
The “DIY Recording” course in the Recording Arts Concentration will show students how to do this. He will delve into independent promotion and distribution, a burgeoning outlet for musicians trying to find a large audience or win a recording contract.
Artists who once had to send demo tapes to record labels that received thousands a year can now upload music to video-sharing platforms like YouTube, or distribute their sounds through digital stores and music apps. streaming such as iTunes.
“But they need to be able to refine, package and market their material – or rely on someone who can,” Munson said.