Music Production is a 6 week online course perfect for people looking to gain skills in creating and recording their own music using digital audio software. Progress through the course is dependent on completion of units/ assignments. The course is designed to facilitate independent learning and participants working at their own pace as they develop skills and knowledge. Previous experience of music production is NOT NECESSARY for the Beginners Course. It is NOT NECESSARY to be able to play an instrument. Places on each course are limited and subject to availability.
When: Start date TBC January 2021
Cost: €32 for 6 weeks of tuition and access to the digital audio package and online classroom.
How: Assignments and learning materials are shared via google classroom, and all participants are given access to MGOW's virtual studio in Soundtrap for the duration of the course. If class times are inconvenient, registered learners can watch recordings of previous sessions.
Music Production classes meet for a weekly for an hour-long zoom tutorial (day/ time TBC). In addition, our tutor will be available through Soundtrap's chat function to advise and collaborate on compositions and assignments. You can work with him live during 'office hours' or messages can be left for him outside of these times. Independent learning is a strong feature of this course.
For those who can't attend the zoom session live it is possible to watch a recording of the class at a later date in the classroom.
In order to complete the course, learners require access to a computer/ tablet preferably with headphones.
Soundtrap is a digital audio workstation that can be accessed in any web browser or through a mobile app (Chrome, iOS, and Android). Similar to other digital recording options, it includes prerecorded loops, multitrack recording, software instruments, voice recording, and the ability to connect MIDI devices. Soundtrap for Education provides students with a safe and secure online environment to learn and play in. It is compliant with GDPR and COPPA and FERPA standards. Soundtrap Education accounts are administered by a teacher who will manage the groups (classes), students, and assignments. In Soundtrap, students have the ability to collaborate directly from within the studio sessions. Students can share their work with other class members while it is still in progress, read notes and comments and start up video chat with each other within the project while working on it. Students and teachers can collaborate via video calls and teachers can coach and help their students from wherever they are. All Soundtrap educational accounts come with a walled garden which allows students to work together in their own, protected environment.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A ZOOM SESSION?
Mostly, participants only see the tutor on the screen but depending on your screen settings, you may see other participants. You do have the option to keep the camera off, but we would encourage you to switch it on so we can help as much as possible. The camera is automatically off when you join, so you have to switch it on. All participants remain on mute mostly – we normally take mute off for everyone at the end of sessions so we can all say goodbye! Sometimes tutors may ask for demonstrations or answers to questions. Participants volunteer to do this, so if your young musician doesn’t want to speak or to be seen by the others, there is no requirement for them to do so. It’s a bit like an individual lesson within a group setting. Each scheduled zoom session generates an online access code - only people with the code can attend the meeting. Sessions are generally recorded. Zoom is now in regular use as an educational tool and further details on the platform are available from:
ABOUT GOOGLE CLASSROOM
All assignments and learning resources will be shared via Google Classroom. Google Classroom is an online learning platform where teachers can create classes, distribute assignments, send feedback, and see everything in one place. Google Classroom facilitates student collaboration, and fosters communication between students and their teachers. Classroom also integrates with other Google tools like Google Docs and Drive.
All participating young people will need to use their own email address to join the class following an invitation from the teacher or using the class code. Once a member, their name will be visible to other class members. Further information on Google Classroom can be obtained here: