Music Recording Studio

Music Recording summer camp for teens


Part of Summer Music Intensive Week!

Led by Mason School of Music professors and alum, students in this music recording camp will focus on recording, mixing, and producing original music in a state-of-the-art recording studio. Students will learn how to record acoustic and electronic instruments (including voice), mixing techniques, how to use a pro-digital audio workstation, and so much more! A “Listening Party” showcasing students’ recorded songs will be presented at the end of the week! (Students with musical and/or audio engineering interests are all welcome!)



Ages:  13-18 years
Dates:  June 17-21, 2019
Times:  9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (M-F)
Tuition:  $430 (optional room & board add $640 – see below)
Location:  Mason Fairfax Campus, Performing Arts Building


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Added Cost:  $640

Whether you live near or far, students can add the “Summer Residential Option” and experience a week of campus life, with special evening activities included, while gaining new friendships with other like-minded artistic students. Students are fully supervised all week, with both male and female RA’s in housing. Rooms are double occupancy (linens and wi-fi included), and 3 meals a day are provided (dinner is included on Sunday, and breakfast and lunch are included on Friday). Check in is Sunday, June 16th, and students will check out Friday morning and be ready to depart immediately after the conclusion of the program on Friday afternoon.  After registering for Music Recording Studio (but before final checkout/ payment!), search for and add “Summer Residential Option” to your cart – or REGISTER HERE . IMPORTANT: No refunds can be given for the Summer Residential option after April 1, 2019.


An “Aftercare” option is available for this program from 4-6 pm for $90/week, located in Mason’s Performing Arts Building and staffed by the Academy’s Summer Staff. After registering for this program (but before final checkout/ payment!), search for “Aftercare”, choose the corresponding week, and add to your cart – or Register Here separately.


Music recording students may also be interested in our Singer / Songwriter Summer Workshop for Ages 13-18!


Andrew Cote Music Composition Classes Co-Instructor: Andrew Cote, Mason School of Music Faculty
Read about Mr. Cote

As a composer of acoustic and electronic music, Andrew Cote’s compositions have been performed and recorded across three continents. His works have been featured at the 2017 Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the 2015 World Saxophone Congress, the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial National Conference, the Tutti New Music Festival, and many more. His latest album, Ulterior Motives: The Saxophone Music of Andrew Cote, was released in December 2016 and is available on Itunes, Amazon, and most other online retailers.

As a rock and popular music artist, Andrew has recorded with several groups including Aaron Tinjum and the Tangents, Winterstar, Marijke, The Double Yellow, The Dino Monkeys, Armaniche’s Architects, Famous Ladies, and several more. He is an active studio drummer, recording on several albums each year. Andrew currently teaches orchestration, aural skills, and popular music history at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Andrew also is the Staff Arranger and Director of Choirs at Truro Anglican Church, also in Fairfax, VA.

Andrew earned a Doctorate in Music Composition from George Mason University, a Master’s degree in Music Composition from Central Michigan University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire. His former composition instructors include Mark Camphouse, David R. Gillingham, Andrew Boysen Jr., David Hollinden, Jay Batzner, and Michael Annicchiarico.


Thomas Routon, Songwriting Lessons Co-Instructor: Thom Routon, Mason School of Music Alum
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Thom Routon is a professional musician, songwriter, and audio engineer based in Northern Virginia. Graduating with honors from George Mason University, Thom received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with a concentration in Music Technology, with Double Minors in Business and Ethnomusicology. He has been involved in music from a very young age, with over ten years of classical training in violin, as well as several years of proficiency in mandolin and acoustic guitar. Thom began writing original songs in college, which would become a significant facet of his professional career. Under the name Brother Kestrel, Thom released his debut EP “In the Earth” in February 2016 utilizing his skills to write, record, and produce his first published release of original music. Since then, he has continued to work on new songs and perform live shows throughout the Northern Virginia area. Thom has gained additional teaching experience with the Williamsburg Youth Orchestra through coaching summer chamber music ensembles. He enjoys collaborating with young artists and finding new ways to learn about music!


 Robert Gillam, Music Technology classes Advisor/ Guest Speaker:  Robert Gillam, Mason School of Music Professor
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Read about Mr. Gillam

Robert W. Gillam directs the Music Technology program at George Mason University’s School of Music. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Theory and Composition from Azusa Pacific University, a master’s degree in Commercial Music from California State University Los Angeles, and a doctoral degree from the University of Arizona in Music Composition with a minor in Music Theory. He also holds a certificate in film scoring from the highly acclaimed UCLA extension program in Los Angeles. Dr. Gillam is an active educator, having taught at several higher-education institutions across the United States. His primary areas of interest are in music technology, composition, sound design, commercial music and music for media. While teaching at Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Robert helped develop and implement an innovative sound design curriculum.

As a composer, Robert has written music for several independent films and his concert music has been performed in the U.S. and in Europe. He has received commissions from the Azusa Pacific University Wind Ensemble and his piece “American Fanfare” was chosen as a finalist in the 2013 Dallas Winds Call for Fanfares competition. His music’s wide range of influences includes 20/21st century concert music, jazz, film scores, folk music, popular song, and electronic dance music. Dr. Gillam is also active as a performer. He has played in groups across Southern California, Arizona, and Texas. Robert plays several different keyboard instruments including piano, Hammond organ, and his personal favorite: keytar. He is also a highly skilled synthesizer and drum machine programmer.






To register by phone or request a paper registration form, please call the Academy office at 703-993-9889.



“I enjoyed the entire program because it was eye opening, but I really liked recording my own song with a partner!” – Summer Music Recording Camp 2018 Participant

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“My favorite part was the support from the college student helpers.” – Summer Music Recording Camp 2017 Participant