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August 28, 2007 > New Music Technology Classes at Chabot College

New Music Technology Classes at Chabot College

Submitted By P. Russell

Chabot College in Hayward offers four highly sought classes through its Music Technology program this fall that will appeal to musicians of all genres and those interested in learning about music production and recording software and hardware. The three-unit classes all begin during the week of August 20, 2007, however students will be able to take advantage of late registration for the following two weeks.

The classes are taught by John Wilson, a 17-year veteran of the music industry who has worked on countless major and indie projects as a producer, composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, recording singer, live performer and re-mixer with artists that include Meat Beat, Manifesto (former member), Harmonica Slim, Cake, Bush, and others. Wilson has also composed and produced music for blockbuster, motion picture trailers and advertising campaigns such as Ice Age, Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, ESPN, MTV, and others. Wilson received his MFA from The California Institute of the Arts where he studied with electronic synthesis pioneers Morton Subotnick and James Tenney.

"The new Music and Recording Technology program at Chabot is the best value in the Bay Area for anyone interested in learning about sound design, recording engineering, and music production. Enrollment is open to everyone and there are no prerequisites. Unlike most institutions, this is a hands on program. Students starting the program this Fall can be get both a Chabot and Digidesign Certification in 2008," said Wilson.

Students can choose from Sound Design and Sonic Arts, which teaches the fundamentals of sound design and sonic arts through history, theory and principles of auditory perception, Foley, sound-art, film, advertising, and video games. Meanwhile, Music Recording and Technology I introduces students to the music industry and sound engineering with the basics of sound, acoustics, MIDI and electronic musical instruments.

Those interested in continuing their music technology education can enroll in Music Recording Technology II, which covers advanced study of sound, acoustics, use of microphones and audio hardware, and multi-track recording and editing. Finally, Introduction to Pro Tools exposes students to Digidesign's Pro Tools M-Powered, LE or HD systems so they can learn to build sessions that include multi-track recording of live instruments, MIDI sequences, software synthesizers and samplers, and audio looping with REX files. For more information, please call John Wilson at (510) 723-6856, or email

Classes cost $20 per unit for California residents. Students may register online at For registration information please call (510) 723-6700. Chabot College is located at 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward.

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