Our good friends over at Peggy Still School of Music and Lucky Dog Studios have two new classes starting this month! These are both great opportunities to support your child’s’ love for music or help learn some new things yourself!

Show them some love and support and sign up now!

Introduction to Music Production

  A three-part series of courses designed to introduce the techniques, lexicon, gear and technology in a modern audio recording studio. Emphasis is on high interaction and hands-on experience. Maximum class size is five. While not required, taking each class in order is highly recommended since they were designed to be taken as a suite.
We offer Audio Engineering classes throughout the year. There are 3 levels of classes, from beginning to advanced. Below is an outline about these classes.
Music Production 101: (4 hours)
Next Class: 10/27/12 10AM
Cost: $169
I. From Concept to iTunes: A walk through the process
II. The Studio Environment: Rooms, gear, and the people involved
III. Laying Down Tracks: Basic recording techniques explained and demonstrated
IV. Music and Computers: What is Pro Tools and how does it work?
Music Production 201: (8 hours with 30 minute break)
Next Class: 11/10/12 9AM
Cost: $299
I. From Simple to Spectacular: Recording a full band
II. Fix it in the Mix: Editing your song
III. How To Add Oboe Without an Oboe Player: Virtual instruments
IV. The Star of the Show: An in-depth look at vocal production
Music Production 301: (8 hours with 30 minute break)
Next Class: 12/8/12 9AM
Cost: $299
I. Making it Better: Setting up and starting your mix
II: The Big 3: Basic techniques of EQ, Compression, and Reverb
III. How Did They Do That?: Creating special effects
IV. The Final Touch: Mastering demystified
Introduction to Song-Writing
It’s only a matter of time before every musician starts thinking about writing their own music.
But where to start? What comes first, lyrics or licks? To rhyme or not to rhyme? A-A-B-A form or alternative structure? Acoustic or electric? So many tough questions to explore and answer…and try to make sound good!
Peggy Still can help you put it all together. Our experienced instructors will help you bring out and give shape to your very own song, helping you to build and apply specific skill sets including:
  • Understanding song form – how to arrange intros, verses, choruses and bridges.
  • Writing lyrics- how to put your thoughts on paper and make them work in a song.
  • Creating and adapting melodies – how to write melodies that flow and keep people listening.
  • Building chord progressions- learn to use chords that complement and accentuate each other.
  • Creating catchy hooks- make listeners remember your song.
  • Collaborating – how to work with a writing partner or complementary musician.
Each student songwriting pair (or solo student) will write and rehearse at least one original song during the three week class room session. At the completion of classwork, each student will get a get an introduction to the studio environment and talk about the kinds of technologies and processes that could be used to record their songs. Each solo songwriter or team will also perform their original song at the next Peggy Still Open Mic. Note: studio time is intended to give students and introduction to the recording process and techniques, not to record, produce and master a “radio ready” song. Students interested in building upon work completed in this introductory course can contact PSSM about scheduling studio time.
Course Outline
  1. Day One – Teams and Themes
    1. The purpose and power of collaboration
    2. Documenting your progress in notebooks
    3. Finding a theme
    4. Song forms- verse/chorus/bridge
      1. Exercise: Examples from popular music
    5. Building lyrics
      1. Exercise: free flowing thought exercise
    6. Length: breakdown in lines/measures
  2. Day Two – Poetry into Song
    1. Choosing a key: major/minor/modes ;understanding how to create a song within key
    2. Chord progressions – I IV V, ii V I,
    3. Deciding tempo; practicing with metronome
    4. Developing melodic ideas
      1. Exercise: ad lib solos and do-wopping over basic chord progression
    5. Instrumental hooks
      1. Exercise: Examples from popular music
  3. Days Three – Putting it All Together
    1. Solidifying song form, chord progressions, transitions between sections
    2. Incorporating instrumentals, hooks and solos
    3. Intro to studio microphone technique
    4. Intro to basic studio recording
    5. Recording basic tracks