Music Recording Studio

Overview

Are you tech-savvy and love music? Have you ever wondered what makes your favorite songs sound so good? Then you might like being an audio engineer!

At the Music Recording Studio Camp, we will focus on recording and editing original music in a state-of-the-art recording studio. You will use an industry-standard digital audio workstation to record and mix your own songs, just like a professional audio engineer. You will learn to identify microphone types, how to place microphones for both individual instrument and ensemble settings, and techniques for editing audio. You will also learn how to operate recording studio hardware devices including mixers and microphone preamps.

At the end of camp, we will have a showcase of the projects you have recorded!

All students with musical and/or audio engineering interests are welcome!

Course Objectives

  • Basics of digital audio 
  • Audio recording and editing in Pro Tools 
  • Microphone types 
  • Microphone placement 
  • Operating recording studio hardware 
  • Engineering a session for a musical artist 

Ages: 13-18

Dates: July 15 – 19, 2024
9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Tuition: $467

Location: Mason Fairfax Campus, deLaski Performing Arts Building


Program Faculty

Todd F. Wilcox

Instructor

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Todd F. Wilcox is a composer, musician, and educator. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Composition at George Mason University. He is a member of the University Chorale (tenor), the Symphonic Band (clarinet), and the New Sound Collective (clarinet, bass guitar, synthesizer). His short chamber works “Week 11” and “Overture to a Failed Attempt” were premiered by the New Sound Collective during the 2022 – 2023 academic year. He was on the Dean’s List for the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters.

He co-wrote the book, music, and lyrics for the ten-minute musicals “One Germany” and “Arson at the B&B” and the one-act musical “Recipe for Marriage”.

Todd’s theatre credits include guitar for Virginia and Washington, DC productions of Cats and Godspell and sound design for Godspell and A Chorus Line. He was in the bands Rogue Saint (guitarist, songwriter) and Love You Mean It (guitarist, singer, songwriter).

He is an experienced audio engineer, including live sound engineering, recording, mixing, mastering, production, and post-production for albums, film, and video games. Todd was the sound engineer for short films “Dead End” and “Scarlett Johnston’s Tales to Amaze and Delight”.

He teaches guitar, bass guitar, piano, music theory, and music production.

https://toddfwilcox.com/home


Notes

  • Please note that group classes are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not reached.
  • Be sure to check our policies and procedures regarding registration, withdrawals, refunds, and more for summer group classes.
  • All students will receive a Welcome Letter via email at least 1 week before the class starts with all necessary details.
  • Online registration closes 2 business days before the first class, however space may still be available. Please contact academy@gmu.edu for more information. A $10 late registration fee may apply.
  • For additional information, please contact the Academy at academy@gmu.edu.