BECOME A
RECORDING
ARTIST

Music Recording Artist

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Overview

Are you a musician? A singer or in a band? Have you always wanted to get your stuff recorded and know how to not only produce but market yourself in the process? Well the Music Recording Artist Program at the Centre for Arts and Technology will give you the foundation to do all of this. The objective of the Music Recording Program is to give performing and recording artists the foundational tools to be effective as artists in the studio environment and with modern recording technology, and to be literate and functional at a professional level (enough to produce their own work) in the studio as artists, producers, and engineers, and to provide graduates with a product they can use to promote themselves, their music, act, or sell directly as a product.

The technical foundation courses in the program are foundation courses in the 18-month audio program currently running. The time tested and proven foundation courses are then built upon with mentoring classes to provide guidance and direction for the entire cycle of creation, development, recording, and mastering a musical product. The process is a well established defacto standard with long historical roots in the mainstream music and recording industry.

We pride ourselves on hiring the best instructors in the business—people who have spent years developing their skills and working with top talent. These audio experts will pass on their practical knowledge to give you a head start over the competition. Not only do we hire the best, we make sure you learn using only the very latest software and equipment. At Centre for Arts and Technology, you’ll tackle real-world projects in our custom-built recording studios.

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 on how to record correctly. You will study microphones and basic recording, as well as DAW functionality in industry standard software’s Pro Tools. This knowledge will become the basis for the remainder of the program.

In the second quarter, you will continue to learn intermediate microphone and recording techniques, by conducting your own recording sessions under supervision from your instructors. You will explore practical audio editing skills that are used for performance correction and enhancement, as well as mixing concepts to help you finalize recordings. Mentorship is introduced, where your Department Head will analyze your music and help you to create a solid production plan.

In the third quarter, you will develop your understanding of the professional skills, work habits, and attitudes expected by the commercial recording industry. This will include client interaction, working in teams, and delivering high quality work on a tight deadline. You also will be given additional lab time to focus on the recording and production of your own music.

In the fourth quarter, you will focus on finalizing your music, with additional mentorship from your Department Head. Bringing all the skills you have learned throughout the course, you will leave with a final professional product.

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.

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

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.

TAYLIN SIMMONDS | 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.

Graduate Success

Carly Sappier

“Centre for Arts and Technology had everything I hoped for: a small class size, one-on-one attention, and dedicated instructors. I get to make art every day and it never feels like work. For all you potential students—be prepared to make something awesome out of your life.” - Carly Sappier