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Bonnie Billups, WCC audio instructor and Avid Pro Tools trainer, talks with students in the “MUS 175: Audio Recording Technology (Avid Pro Tools Certification)” course. (Photo by Jonas Berzanskis)

Revamped digital audio recording and engineering program gains certification

If music is your passion, but you prefer to work behind the scenes, then Washtenaw Community College’s recently accredited Audio Production and Engineering certification program is designed for you.

Throughout the program, students will sharpen their digital audio engineering and recording skills, while developing a more in-depth understanding of how to create a life in music technology, audio recording and music industry production.

Students will also learn piano or keyboard theory, music theory and music composition, as well as the use of current audio recording software.

What’s New? In addition to receiving the nationally recognized Avid Pro Tools certification, students will have an opportunity to build a portfolio and rub elbows with industry professionals, as well as build collaborative projects with the WCC, local and regional community.

Courses include “MUS 170: Introduction to Audio Technology,” “MUS 175: Audio Recording Technology (Avid Pro Tools Certification),” and “MUS 248: Sound Reinforcement for Stage.”

“We want to ensure that our students have very realistic and diversified skills, as they are not building a profession for their twenties but for the rest of their lives,” said Dr. Michael Naylor, WCC performing arts faculty member and music director, who spearheaded the effort for certification. “The more we help them think like this, the more their education at WCC will count.”

“The new Avid Pro Tools certification is a real feather in WCC’s cap and a wonderful opportunity for our students in preparing themselves for work in the audio field,” added Noonie Anderson, chair of the WCC Performing Arts Department. “WCC is one of the few educational institutions in the state to offer this training. I’m proud of all the work our faculty has done to see this come to fruition.”

For more information about the program, visit http://bit.ly/2du43kH.

This story originally appeared in the October/November 2016 issue of On The Record.

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