Audio Production Partnership Creates Opportunities
Students studying media arts spent a month this winter with guest teaching/recording artist Carolyn Slothour learning about audio recording. Slothour joined us through a new partnership with 25 Carrick Ave, a non-profit that manages a fantastic live event venue and also offers educational programs for technical production and the broadcast/recording arts. 25 Carrick suggested Ms. Slothour and also supplied much of the gear students used. Slothour and Media Arts teacher Elizabeth Speed are working on a curriculum to share with students across the region through 25 Carrick’s outreach programs.
Students explored microphone pick-up patterns, learned to mix on an audio board, explored EQ, and gained other foundational audio skills. “Live sound is like a puzzle. It takes many pieces to be successful,” says Slothour on the challenge of teaching this topic. Her own background is an intriguing fit with the mission of Westinghouse Arts Academy: she studied flute while majoring in music technology at CalU, and now makes a career at the intersection of music and recording arts. She travels internationally with several musician mixing music, and will return to the WAACS Media Arts Lab in the future with more stories from the road.
“This has been an incredible opportunity for our kids,” says Elizabeth Speed, media arts teacher. “Obviously these skills are foundational to video and media production. But more importantly, we’re creating a bridge to apply those skills on the job. By the time this cohort graduates, they’ll have the skills to work on audio crews. Locally, audio engineers are in high demand. 25 Carrick is supporting our students, who hopefully become their next generation of recording artists. It’s a model that wins for all involved.”