Learning the Tools that Shape the Sounds that are Changing the World!
Alpharetta High School Music Technology and Audio Production courses are about learning to use and operate the digital technology that create, capture and record sound, then use that technology to edit, mix and produce a final product to achieve a specific artistic or functional goal. Students in our classes will learn to use the most current version of "in-the-box" DAW technology (AVID ProTools) as well as other hardware and software that comes with the territory to capture and record audio, mix, create and produce music - just like the pros.
It just might even open a door to a future you didn't know was there!
What will I learn?
Alpharetta High School's Music Tech and Audio Production classes teach real-world skills that are used in the audio engineering and recording industry.
Audio Engineers are the people who record, edit, and mix sound for online content, podcasts, radio, television, broadcast and movies. As of May 2020, audio engineers earned a national-average salary of $67,210 per year, or $32.31 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labors Statistics, or BLS.
In this class you'll learn the basics of operating the industry-standard Pro Tools digital audio workstation software (DAW). We'll edit raw audio files, mix simple podcasts and commercials, and mix complex songs, eventually manage full mixes from start to finish. This is achieved through daily hands-on training using recording software and hardware.
Alpharetta High School is a Certified AVID Learning Academy for Audio, meaning that at the end of the school year students have the opportunity to earn a professional-level certificate, recognized in the professional audio world. There will be opportunities during the year to network with accomplished professional audio engineers, working musicians and music producers. And - there will be multiple chances for your creativity to shine by producing remixes, re-creating and recording cover songs, and possibly producing your own original work!
WHY Music Technology?
In 2017 Atlanta’s WSBTV produced a show called “Georgia Goes Hollywood.” In the episode the GA Department of Economic Development reported that Georgia’s "Creative Industries" (music and film) have overtaken Agriculture as the top "cash crop" of Georgia, creating a $60+ billion dollar impact on the Georgia economy. It is estimated to support almost $9 billion in economic output and compensation at an average salary of $85K annually, creating billions of dollars in wages, salaries, and benefits. In fact, GA is currently #3 in the US for film production and #5 worldwide. Most of these numbers doubled between 2012-2017. While there are never any guarantees, these are real-world technical skills that can be put to use as a part-time hobby - or as a career!
From the standpoint of providing students with an academic program that leads to a viable and sustainable path to college and a professional career, music technology is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average growth rate for all occupations is 5% over a multi-year period. Most recent the BLS stated that the demand for Broadcast and Audio technicians is projected to grow 10% between 2021 and 2031, which is double the average. That's exciting!