Training & Development
For Live Audio Engineering, Stagecraft & A/V Technologies
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Are you interested in a career in the music business? Are you interested in an alternative to a four-year college like a vocational education institution? Live sound engineering and other performing arts jobs exist everywhere globally, and there are basically two paths into the industry. The first path is working for a production company and learning your job via the "on the job" training method. Then, over some number of years, you move from a truck loader to an apprentice system technician, and after a few more years, you might get to be an A1 system technician.
The second path is through vocational education courses like these combined with an OJT method as well. Still, in contrast, you would be working as a house sound technician in a nightclub, for instance, or a theatre or convention center, or a house of worship.
The Production Institute will ground students in the fundamental science of sound and lighting and then immerse them in the day-to-day operation of a large and busy music production venue. A good approach to the vocations involved in the production arts is the online courses I describe below. Scroll down and read about the objectives of these online courses.
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Advanced Live Audio Certificate Course: Are you a sound tech at your church, or do you volunteer to run production equipment for your community theater? There are many people all over the world operating complicated A/V equipment with little or no formal training. Instead, most have some On-The-Job style instruction. It isn't easy to learn the real-world conventional wisdom of an audio engineer or a stage manager in an OJT or self-trained position. Professionals spend years developing their own personal approach and collaborating with other engineers, and this is how they acquire the conventional wisdom of the industry. This course will bridge the gap for the audio enthusiast with real experience yet still desires to take their skill to the next level. Learn when and where to use a noise gate and when not to. Learn why you need to control the dynamic range of some instruments and voices but otherwise use compression sparingly. Learn the conventional wisdom of a working professional, so you don't have to experiment for years to find a good personal approach to dynamic signal processing! We'll cover Gain Structure, effects, and their applications, and we'll focus closely on controlling acoustic feedback too.
Production Arts Vocational Education: This course is intended for students from high school age who seek alternatives to a four-year college. This course will have a focus on audio but will cover the core concepts of performance production techniques. The course is designed to start students with the rudiments of terminology, introduce them to the concepts and devices used in theater and concerts and take them through the fundamentals of audio, lighting, and A/V technologies. This online course will be an excellent primer for students who wish to attend the Production Institute in Athens, GA or Full Sail in Florida, or any other school for the vocational training of audio engineering. If prospective students can complete this course as high school seniors, they will be well prepared to tackle the fast-paced environment of hands-on classes in real-world situations. Don't spend tens of thousands of dollars on a hands-on residency course without the fundamental knowledge you'll need to stay at the top of your class. The production arts are a group of highly specialized skill sets, and they all start with the fundamentals of the science of sound and lighting and the conventional wisdom of the industry.
Please note: These courses require you to obtain two books. The Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Handbook and Live Sound Basics by Ric Wallace. Both are available from Amazon.
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