An Insider Look at Music Engineering Classes

 

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Have you ever wanted an insider look into what music engineering classes might actually look like? We have already provided a comprehensive guide to a career in music engineering.

 

Well here is an in depth look at how classes are conducted and what specific lessons look like at each level here at Visible.

Contents

  1. Certificate Level Music Engineering Classes
  2. Bachelors Level Music Engineering Classes
  3. Masters Level Music Engineering Classes
  4. Online Music Engineering Classes

Certificate Level Music Engineering Classes

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Basics of Audio 1 and 2:

The introduction to the basic theories and skills of music engineering classes, which serves as the foundation for other classes.

 

Basics of Live Sound 1 and 2:

The basic workings of live sound reinforcement systems, including basic signal flow and operation for analog and digital consoles.

 

Basics of Recording 1 and 2:

The introduction to the recording processing, including signal flow, common equipment, and recording session basics.

 

Basics of Digital Audio Workstations 1 and 2:

The introduction to Pro Tools and Logic Studio, two industry standard Digital Audio Workstations.

 

Expectations from Certification

Upon graduation, the student will:

 

  • Be prepared to find gainful employment in churches, studios, and live sound venues;
  • Have an understanding of how the mechanics of sound apply to modern recording techniques and live sound reinforcement.

 

More About The Certification

The Certificate in Music Production program is designed to give audio engineers and producers a foundational and vocational readiness from a Christian perspective. Learn more about music engineering degrees

 

The certification is designed to introduce the student to the tools and techniques used to produce music in the modern recording studio. It also serves to nurture the student’s passion to serve the church or industry with Christian character. 

 

The student will gain an introductory knowledge of current technology, recording techniques, and music production skills. Besides that there will also be opportunities to engineer student recordings and live sound settings of Visible Music College. 

 

Skills and knowledge acquired in the program equip students to work as producers and engineers, and focuses on using industry-standard programs Logic and Pro Tools.

Bachelors Level Music Engineering Classes

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Fundamentals of Audio:

The introduction to the basic theories and skills of music engineering classes, which serves as the foundation for other classes.

 

Introduction to Live Sound:

The basic workings of live sound reinforcement systems, including basic signal flow and operation for analog and digital consoles.

 

Introduction to Recording:

The introduction to the recording processing, including signal flow, common equipment, and recording session basics.

 

Recording Techniques:

A survey of proven techniques and best practices for recording common instruments in all styles of modern music.

 

Equipment Maintenance and Repair:

A primer on basic electronics and the skills needed to maintain and repair audio equipment, including soldering.

 

Digital Audio Workstations:

The introduction to Pro Tools and Logic Studio, two industry standard Digital Audio Workstations.

 

Audio Production 1: Producer Basics:

An introduction to the role of a music producer in the studio, focusing on communication and the elements of song production.

 

Audio Production 2: Studio Arranging:

A continuation of the skills for music producers, diving deeper into music theory skills such as grooves and harmonization.

 

Live Sound Mixing:

An intermediate live sound course focusing on event mixing for worship services and concerts.

 

Mixing Techniques:

An in-depth look at the skills for studio mixing, focusing on balance and processing such as EQ, compression, and reverb. 

 

Audio History and Aesthetics:

A survey of the history of music engineering and critical examination of industry renowned albums from the past 60 years.

 

Audio for Multimedia:

The basics of audio storytelling and working with audio for video, film, and video games.

 

Audio Business Administration:

The essentials of how to start an audio business, including legal, financial, and marketing considerations.



RECORDING CONCENTRATION:

Mixing & Mastering:

A deeper dive into advanced mixing techniques and an overview of the mastering process.

 

Advanced Digital Audio Workstations:

Advanced training in Pro Tools and Logic in order to operate the DAWs and top professional level.

 

Commercial Release Seminar 1 and 2:

A hands-on project-based course that consists of producing an album that will be released at the end of the academic year.

 

LIVE SOUND CONCENTRATION:

Stage Production:

An overview of the skills, techniques, and equipment used in modern stage production.

 

Sound Reinforcement:

An advanced live sound course focusing on the equipment and utilization of advanced sound reinforcement systems.

 

Sound System Design:

An in-depth looking at sound system design for fixed installation and touring systems.



Expectations from Bachelors Level Music Engineering Courses

 

Upon graduation, the student will

  • be able to find gainful employment in studios, live sound venues, post-production facilities, production companies, broadcast media, or entrepreneurial endeavors.
  • be able to oversee and execute studio and live sound responsibilities with competence, professionalism, and humility.
  • have a thorough understanding of how the mechanics of sound apply to modern recording techniques and live sound reinforcement.



More About The Bachelors Program

 

The music engineering program is designed to prepare audio engineers and producers for vocational readiness from a Christian perspective

 

Many of the classes overlap topics of both music production and music engineering. The program is designed to introduce the student to the tools and techniques used to produce music in the modern recording studio, while nurturing the student’s passion to serve the church or industry with Christian character.


Students will be responsible for engineering all student recordings and live sound requirements of Visible Music College.

 

Get a glimpse into the student life of a bachelor music engineering student from Visible.

Masters Level Music Engineering Classes

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Advanced Topics in Music Engineering:

Covers a selection of topical advanced music engineering classes based on current industry trends and the interests of the cohort of students.

 

Advanced Sound Reinforcement:

An in-depth looking at sound system design for fixed installation and touring systems.

 

Practical Acoustics for Music Engineering:

An examination of the practical application of acoustical physics to recording studios and live sound venues.

 

Applied Leadership: Ensemble Recording:

Focuses on project management and music engineering techniques to produce and release a music engineering project.

 

Expectations from Masters Level Music Engineering Courses

 

Upon completion, the student will be equipped for:

  • leadership service in the church and/or music industry;
  • be equipped for a career in the church and/or music industry;
  • be equipped with advanced skills in the field of music engineering

 

More About The Masters Program

 

The music engineering concentration’s objective is to provide audio engineers and producers with advanced vocational readiness from a Christian perspective. 

 

Students will gain a strong foundation in leadership qualities from a biblical standpoint, while also receiving advanced training in the tools and techniques used to produce music in the modern recording studio. 


The student will gain an in-depth knowledge of current technology, recording techniques, and music engineering skills. Skills and knowledge acquired in the program equip students to work as producers, engineers, or to create a new studio business. This program also focuses on using industry-standard programs Logic and Pro Tools.

Online Music Engineering Classes

Online classes in the music engineering program at Visible feature small class sizes. Visible stands out from similar classes at other colleges or universities. This allows students to still have easy access to instructors even in a fully online or hybrid format.

 

We utilize different delivery methods for teaching our classes.  

 

The three delivery methods we use are local in-person classes, synchronous remote-delivery classes, and asynchronous online classes.

 

In-Person Format

Local in-person classes are delivered at your teaching community by a local faculty member.  Courses like Introduction to Recording and Mixing Techniques are primarily taught in-person.  This allows us to utilize hands-on training with the equipment at each teaching community.

 

Synchronous Format (Remote and In-Person)

Synchronous remote-delivery classes are delivered between our teaching communities, with the faculty member being at one community and students connecting via Zoom from the same community as the faculty or from other communities.  This allows us to utilize the faculty that is the best fit for certain subject matters regardless of location.  Audio History and Aesthetics and Audio Business Administration are examples of classes delivered remotely.

 

Asynchronous Format (Fully Remote)

Asynchronous online classes are delivered in a completely online format using lecture videos,  discussion boards, and projects.  Although sites like UDemy offer music production courses, it is not supported with live personal interaction. 

 

This format is chosen for classes that are lecture-focused or software-focused.  Fundamentals of Audio and Digital Audio Workstations are examples of classes delivered online.  While the delivery method is online, you will still have an instructor who is guiding you through the course and is available to help with the content.

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