BECOME AN
ELECTRONIC
PRODUCTION
ARTIST

Electronic Music Production

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Overview

Sound has always captivated you. You love creating beats that make people get up and move. The idea of creating soundscapes that change people’s lives is the ultimate goal. You know what you want to do…but until now you never thought you could turn your passion into a real career. The truth is, the music industry needs people just like you! Get the training and guidance you need to take it to the next level as a professional.

The Electronic Music Production program will prepare you for these careers:

  • Sound Designer and Music Producer
  • MIDI Programmer
  • Sound and Music Composer
  • Sound Effects and Dialogue Editor
  • Audio/Visual and Multimedia Producer

AUDIO ENGINEERING COLLEGE KELOWNA – ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION

Electronic Music Production is an accelerated program offered through our Audio Engineering department. This course is tailor-made for anyone interested in audio and music production with a special focus on digital music production, recording, mixing and arranging.

The best part? Technology has opened the door for new artists to create music right from their own home studios. So whether you want to be a freelance or salaried music producer, create beats for a DJ, or work in the film, game, or television industry—the right training and technical skills will allow you to use your own computer as the hub of your digital music creation.

In just 12 months, you’ll master the skills, software, and equipment you need to break into the biz, including: Logic—Pro Tools—MIDI—Music Composition and Theory—Recording and Mixing—Professional Development—Music Arranging and Scoring—Career Management.

Instructors at Centre for Arts and Technology will nurture your talent and show you how to get started in the industry from day one. With their help, you’ll build your own professional demo reel, and learn how to produce, market and sell your music. You’ll become familiar with the ins and outs of project management, problem solving, business networking, and career management, to prepare you for the business side of the job. Best of all, you’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of electives from our extensive Audio Engineering & Production program to strengthen your experience.

Campuses

Kelowna

Program Length

12 months

Application Deadline

September 6th

Course Flow

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 3
  • Semester 4

In this quarter, you will learn the fundamental technical and theoretical skills necessary to work in the audio industry as it relates to electronic artists and producers. You will learn extensively within industry standard DAW’s such as Ableton live, applying music theory to your song writing, and learn proper techniques for sound designing your own tracks.

In the second quarter students will delve deeper into topics covered in the first quarter solidifying their knowledge base. Students will also learn the ins and outs of performing their sets live, including beat matching, phrasing and mixing tracks. The second quarter also has students working more intensely on their sound design and song writing.

In your third quarter, live sound reinforcement is introduced with practical setup and teardown of complete sound systems. Production techniques and sonic trends are explored in a variety of EDM genres, as well as a more advanced sound design techniques. The quarter rounds out with a focus on song arrangement and song writing within a DAW, including analysis of popular songs and song writing trends.

In the final quarter, you will work towards your career goals with classes on the music industry that help students understand the business side of making and marketing music. An advanced DJ class will help you to prepare for your live sets while performing on industry standard hardware, and also understand how to use Ableton Live to run intricate sequences and shows. Mixing and mastering are a large part of this quarter, with students having instructor mentorship to help them finalize their songs for proper release.

Faculty

CHRIS HOLMES | DEPARTMENT HEAD

Chris Holmes started his career working alongside The Matrix, a production and song writing team based in Los Angeles. Over the course of 4+ years, he sharpened his engineering and production skills while working on numerous A-List artists, including Katy Perry, Ricky Martin, Korn, Vanessa Carlton, Mandy Moore, Ashley Tisdale and many more. After relocating to Vancouver, Chris took over the position of Chief Engineer at Greenhouse Studios, where he worked with dozens of independent and major label artists. With over 15+ years’ experience, Chris is now an independent engineer and producer, dividing his time between Vancouver and Kelowna.  Chris is excited to bring his knowledge and experience to the audio students at the Centre for Arts and Technology.

TAYLIN SIMMONDS | LEAD INSTRUCTOR

Taylin Simmonds became interested in the art of Electronic Music Production from a young age. This passion led him to take online music workshops while still in high school and eventually become a graduate of the Electronic Music Production Program here at CAT. Upon graduation Taylin signed his first record deal with independent record label Blue Label Records. While at Blue Labe Records, Taylin released multiple tracks that charted in the I-Tunes top 100 Dance Charts, co-produced/ co-wrote songs for independent artists and assisted artists in preparing DJ performances for headlining festival slots. After working with Blue Label Records and major PR Agencies such as Music Promo Today and Dotted Music, Taylin decided to take his career in to his own hands by becoming an independent artist. Taylin is now the instructor for the Electronic Music Production Program and is excited to bring his expertise and industry insights to the Centre for Arts and Technology team.

CALEB HYDE | INSTRUCTOR

Caleb has been recording indie/major label bands for over 10 years. He has built a versatile skill set while creating productions within control rooms from Montreal to Vancouver. His wide range of recording locations has earned him experience with outboard gear from many different eras, as well as marrying digital/analog productions into an amalgamated signal flow.

To learn more about the Audio Engineering Industry, you can listen to our PODCAST with Caleb on our Soundcloud Stream. 

TONY GORT | INSTRUCTOR

Tony started his career in audio post production in Vancouver, where he continues to work as an award winning senior sound supervisor, sound designer and re-recording mixer.  Tony’s award-winning feature credits include: Nightwatching, a British-Dutch-Canada co-production for renowned filmmaker, Peter Greenaway (The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover; The Pillow Book); Its All Gone Pete Tong, a British-Canada co-production for Canadian director, Michael Dowse (FUBAR); and Partition, an India-Canada co-production for Canadian director, Vic Sarin (Love On The Side, A Shine of Rainbows). Among his home entertainment and television credits are sequels 3, 4 and 5 in the Dr. Dolittle series for Fox Home Entertainment and the first two seasons of The L Word for Showtime Television.  He is currently finishing the TV movie adaptations of Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place.

LORA WENTWORTH | INSTRUCTOR

A classically trained performer, Lora is embedded in the local music scene.  Lora started her formal education with a diploma in Music Performance and another in Music Composition from Selkirk College.  Her additional accreditation includes being a licensed Kindermusik instructor, a certificate in Advanced Theory RCM, and a Licentiate in Music Education .LRSL from Rockschool.  In addition to being a freelance pianist and solo performing artist, Lora has been a private music instructor at the Wentworth Music Education Center for the last nineteen years.  Lora brings a wealth of knowledge to the Centre and a passion for music to match.

MIKE BAXTER | INSTRUCTOR

As a graduate of the Centre in Audio Engineering and Production, Mike brings five years’ experience in a variety of audio industry jobs.  Upon graduation, Mike went to work with Idevcore Media Inc., creating sound effects and composing scores for video games.  He also spent time tracking, editing and mixing for Media Button.  Beyond those roles, Mike’s true passion has been in live sound, as he worked as the Live Sound Engineer for Wentworth Music, engineering for musicians such as Biff Naked, Aaron Pritchett, April Wine and Big Sugar.  Mike also spent seven years as the Head Sound Engineer for the Sky High Blues Festival, and has produced and engineered albums for numerous artists.

Graduate Success

Kyle Andrus

“I really liked the diversity of places and teachers. We were in big studios, small studios, analogue, digital, etc. Now that I am graduated, I work as an audio director and as a freelance audio engineer in live and studio environments. I really like the flexibility that the industry offers. There are tons of different things you can do, and the hours are quite flexible." - Kyle Andrus