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Audio Technology Studies program, Music Industry Careers at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas.....

The Audio Technology program at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas is a part of the Music Industries Careers program. The transferable two-year Associate Degree program immerses students in a microcosm of the music and entertainment industry, in which students are surrounded by, and interact with Music Industry Professionals, Music Performance majors, Music Business Management majors, and AudioTechnology majors. The curriculum includes music training, theory, commercial and pop music history, keyboard/piano, music business and other relevant studies in addition to the audio engineering classes. The program prepares students to be entrepreneurs in the recording studio / audio production area of the music/entertainment industry.

The audio classes are held in the recording studios complex in the performing arts center on the MCC college campus. The studios and control rooms are industry-standard, state-of-the-art facilities equipped with the latest technology and modern high tech recording equipment.

During the first year of study, students will learn about: the physics of sound; science of acoustics; the tools used to collect, store, process, and deliver sound products; recording session procedures; business networking. The students work individually and in teams completing weekly recording projects in class and outside of class, and prepare presentations of their work, presenting their projects to the other students. They will function as a team in recording sessions, and produce recordings on a variety of different equipment types.

During the second year of study, the emphasis is on an internship class model. The learning environment is set up like a real-world studio complex, in which the students work both individually and in teams on a variety of recording projects. They sign in, keep hours, schedule their own project sessions, allocate and share the studio resources. The students then share the results of their recording projects with the other students, instructing and answering questions about their experience creating the recording. Trouble-shooting, electronics repair, and studio maintenance are learned and practiced by the students throughout the year.

For the past 36 years, professor Brian Konzelman has been teaching musicians and audio recording engineers at MCC how to make a living in the music industry. Graduates now own recording businesses across the nation, have careers in entertainment, recording and film industries, and have earned GOLD RECORDS from the RIAA. Find out more about Brian here.....