MUSIC PRODUCER INTRO CAMP
Have you ever wondered how your favorite songs are put together? Have you ever wanted to learn how to use computers and technology to make your own music? This camp will introduce you to the artistic and technical skills needed to produce professional-sounding music tracks. Working in a state-of-the-art facility, students will learn about Digital Audio Workstations, drum and synthesizer programming, vocal production, and arranging for different musical styles. At the end of the week, students will present a listening party showcasing the tracks they have produced!
Ages: 11 – 15
Dates: June 20 – 24, 2022
Times: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm* (M-F)
Location: Mason Fairfax Campus, deLaski Performing Arts Building
*After Care add-on option (4pm-6pm) is available for this program.
COVID REQUIREMENTS: Students must follow University Covid protocols. Please see updates here.
Get details and register for AFTER CARE (4pm-6pm).
After Care cost for the week is an additional $140.
Instructor: John Jansen
Mason School of Music Professor
Read about Mr. Jansen
John’s compositions are influenced by a reverence of nature, a love of patterns, and the energy of minimalism. He currently divides his time between writing chamber works for ensembles of existing instruments and writing for original instruments and tuning systems he designs himself. His music has been performed across the United States by the Partch Quartet, the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, Duo Atmos, chamber band Drive (J:), Decho Ensemble, the violinist Todd Reynolds, and saxophonist Jacob Swanson.
A strong advocate for new music, John has appeared at Strange Beautiful Music VI and VII in Detroit, Michigan with the GVSU New Music Ensemble, as well as accompanied the same group on four tours of the national parks—reaching twenty parks spanning the West Coast to the East Coast. In 2016 John co-founded Drive (J:), a chamber band from Fredonia, New York. With Drive (J:), John has appeared at the New Music Gathering in Boston, MA, and released two studio albums: places/spaces, and Phenomenology. As a solo performer, he has appeared at the New York City Electro Acoustic Music Festival and the Hot Air New Music Festival in San Francisco, California. John has also collaborated with Bang On A Can to restore Glenn Branca’s Movement Within, a piece for an ensemble of original instruments designed for a seven-octave overtone tuning. He worked directly with the original instruments, and the final product was performed live on WNYC’s New Sounds program.
As an instrument builder, John invented a 3rd bridge instrument called the duochord, a 9-foot-long amplified zither which allows the user to isolate string partials, and to generate clouds of reverberant harmonics. He is also one of the only builders of daxophones, and pick-behind-the-bridge guitars, little-known inventions by Hans Reichel.
In 2020, John founded JLJ Instruments, a company that produces experimental musical instruments. The company has shipped globally, with orders ranging from daxophones to microtonal guitars.
“My favorite part of the camp is seeing everyone else’s work.”―Music Producer Intro Camp 2020 Participant
“I like the professor teaching this camp.’”―Music Producer Intro Camp 219 Participant
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