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GROOVE U Music Production


Music ‣ Production
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GROOVE U Music Production


Music ‣ Production
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Move the faders, turn the knobs. Light-up the meters, mix it up and then remix it. Master it in music ‣ production.

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GROOVE U Careers in Audio Production


Careers

GROOVE U Careers in Audio Production


Careers

Let's start with the outcome in mind.
Let's put in the effort to get you there.
Let's get to work.

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Post-Graduation

After satisfactorily completing the program our music ‣ production students are ready for graduation and a career in the music industry. The following is a partial listing of careers, some of which may require further apprenticeship or additional training.

acoustic consultant
a/v service technician
broadcast engineer
composer
corporate a/v technician
customer service representative: recording equipment
equipment manufacturer
engineer/assistant engineer
field technician
foley engineer/editor
forensic audio • speech recognition •  speech restoration
installation technician
location sound recordist
maintenance engineer
mastering/post-production engineer
producer
product sales/management: recording equipment
production assistant
recording/mix engineer
sound design/effects engineer
studio assistant
studio manager/owner
studio technician
v/o engineer
web/podcaster
360 audio specialist

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GROOVE U Audio Production Alumni


Alumni

GROOVE U Audio Production Alumni


Alumni

Graduates That Work

 Jared Sawaya (left) music ‣ production graduate working his gig with  TechArt Productions

Jared Sawaya (left) music ‣ production graduate working his gig with TechArt Productions

Ever since I started attending GROOVE U, my confidence in myself and my abilities has skyrocketed. Even after just the first year, I’ve learned so much about how the music industry as well as the steps I need to take to carve my career path. I know that when I am done with this program I’m going to be able to get work doing what I love.
— Jared Sawaya, GROOVE U Class of 2016

Music • Production Featured Alumnus

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GROOVE U Audio Production Foundation


Foundation

GROOVE U Audio Production Foundation


Foundation

If you want to work in the music industry, you have to know something about everything and you have to know one thing really well.
— Working Music Industry Professionals

Our program is built from the outside-in. Every month throughout the entire year, we sit down and listen to working industry professionals. They tell us who they would hire and why, and that's why all our students get foundational courses in audio production, music business, live sound, video and interactive before deciding upon a specialization. It's also a business of entrepreneurs, that's why we include business entrepreneurship and career development courses, as well as trips to South-by-Southwest. Finally, because we believe the best musicians make the best business people, all students get private lessons each term on a commercial musical instrument.

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GROOVE U Audio Production Year 1 Courses


Year 1

GROOVE U Audio Production Year 1 Courses


Year 1

TERM 1.0 (Fall)

 

BUS 301 • business | the career

Early career development, includes: business communication (written & spoken), presentations, and portfolio development.

MUS 302 • music | the digital domain

Survey of music production, includes: software (ProTools), hardware (recording studio, microphones) and theory.

MUS 304 • music | the video

Survey of video production, includes: software (FinalCut, ProTools), hardware (video studio, cameras, lighting) and theory.

BUS 303 • business | the market

Principles of marketing: “4Ps”, SWOT analysis, market surveys; applications in web design software (WYSIWYG), mobile applications, and social media strategies.

EXP 300.1 • experience | the seminar

 All-student learning experience, including: guest speakers, community projects, collaborations, and volunteer opportunities

EXP 300.2 • experience | the lessons

Private instruction, includes: instrument, theory, and group rehearsals, with two class hours total each week: 0.5 hour with an instructor one-on-one learning instrument techniques; 0.5 hour with an instructor learning theory and history.

TERM 2.0 (Spring)

 

MUS 313 • music | the business

Survey of the music business, includes: history of the industry, development of genres, impact of video and interactive, current music industry practices, and career exploration.

BUS 315 • business | the fundamentals

Principles of business, includes: organization, structure, accounting, and economics.

MUS 316 • music | the process

The song creation process, includes: the songwriting (lyricism & melody), scriptwriting (formatting, storytelling), and production/direction (creative & business) concerns.

MUS 318 • music | the concert

Survey of the live experience, includes: live sound reinforcement and concert booking/promotion.

EXP 310.1 • experience | the seminar

All-student learning experience, including: guest speakers, community projects, collaborations, and volunteer opportunities;  music industry conference attendance, such as the South-by-Southwest (SxSW) music conference and festival in Austin, TX.

EXP 310.2 • experience | the lessons

Private instruction, includes: instrument, theory, and group rehearsals, with two class hours total each week: 0.5 hour with an instructor one-on-one learning instrument techniques; 0.5 hour with an instructor learning theory and history.

TERM 2.5 (Summer)

 

EXP 320.4 • experience | the externship

100 hours total spent in-the-field and on-the-job with qualified media arts industry professionals. Additional time required completing externship assignments and consultation with the instructor. Final hour is all-student attendance at yearly graduation ceremony. 

Experience is broad in focus and may involve several specializations, as it is designed to allow the student to explore a career path before solidifying a specialization(s).

Prerequisites: satisfactory completion of all all 300-level courses or permission of instructor.

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GROOVE U Audio Production Year 2 Courses


Year 2

GROOVE U Audio Production Year 2 Courses


Year 2

TERM 3.0 (Fall)

 

BUS 401 • business | the entrepreneur

Principles of business management, includes: operations management, entrepreneurship, financing; operational components include: permits, licensing, HR, insurance, tax laws.

Prerequisites: satisfactory completion of BUS 301 • business | the fundaments; satisfactory completion of BUS 303 • business | the market.

MUS 401 • music | the law

Advanced concepts in entertainment law, includes: copyright and contracts.

Prerequisites: satisfactory completion of MUS 313 • music | the business

EXP 400.1 • experience | the seminar

All-student learning experience, including: guest speakers, community projects, collaborations, and volunteer opportunities.

EXP 400.2 • experience | the lessons

Private instruction, includes: instrument, theory, and group rehearsals, with two class hours total each week: 0.5 hour with an instructor one-on-one learning instrument techniques; 0.5 hour with an instructor learning theory and history; 1.0 hour in a group setting.

TERM 4.0 (Spring)

 

BUS 402 • business | the job

Advanced career development, including: interviewing & job search techniques, portfolio preparation, small business planning and presentation.

Prerequisites: satisfactory completion of all all 300 level (and below) courses in specialization.

MUS 402 • music | the finale

Multiple, collaborative, capstone projects involving students from every specialization.

Prerequisites: satisfactory completion of all all 300 level (and below) courses in specialization.

EXP 400.1 • experience | the seminar

All-student learning experience, including: guest speakers, community projects, collaborations, and volunteer opportunities; music industry conference attendance, such as the South-by-Southwest (SxSW) music conference and festival in Austin, TX.

EXP 400.2 • experience | the lessons

Private instruction, includes: instrument, theory, and group rehearsals, with two class hours total each week: 0.5 hour with an instructor one-on-one learning instrument techniques; 0.5 hour with an instructor learning theory and history

TERM 4.5 (Summer)

 

EXP 450.4 • experience | the externship

100 hours total spent in-the-field and on-the-job with qualified media arts industry professionals. Additional time required completing externship assignments and consultation with the instructor. Final hour
is all-student attendance at yearly graduation ceremony. 

Experience is narrow in focus and must be directly related to a student’s declared specialization(s), as it is designed to provide the student a more direct path to employment.

Prerequisites: satisfactory completion of all all 300-level and 400-level courses or permission of instructor.

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GROOVE U Audio Production Specialization Courses


Specialization

GROOVE U Audio Production Specialization Courses


Specialization

Beginning in the second year of the program and after all prerequisites have been met, students select a Specialization in one area of study. The courses in this specialization occur concurrent with other year 2 courses.


TERM 3.0 (Fall)

 

MUS 412 • music | the acoustics

Physics of sound and space design; budgeting and client satisfaction.

Prerequisites: satisfactory completion of 4.0 MUS 302 • music | the digital domain;
satisfactory completion of MUS 318 • music
| the concert.

MUS 414 • music | the studio recording

Advanced studio recording, includes: software (Logic, Reason), hardware (multitrack recording, overdubbing, and micing techniques); sequencing and MIDI.

Prerequisites: satisfactory completion of MUS 302 • music | the digital domain; satisfactory completion of MUS 316 • music | the process.

TERM 4.0 (Spring)

 

MUS 403 • music | the mix & master

Stereo and multi-channel mixing techniques; mastering.

Prerequisites: satisfactory completion of all 300 level courses in specialization. 

OPTIONAL

 

MUS X50 • music | the independent study

Independent study is an opportunity for qualified students to work in topics of special interest or areas not otherwise available through the standard curriculum. The course content is determined by the student and the faculty member collaboratively.

Prerequisites: permission of instructor.