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Coursework has been developed to build year-by-year on knowledge and skills that add up to a sound musical foundation along with technical expertise. Visit Music for complete degree requirements.

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Your First Year

In addition to helping students acclimate to university learning in general, the first year of the Audio Production emphasis focuses on core music curriculum coursework in music theory and ear training, as well as ensembles and lessons on voice or an instrument.

The first-year Audio Production course is MUSIC 165: Fundamentals of Recording Technology, where students will learn basic techniques for event recording, live streaming, and podcast production, as well as orientation and training in all of UW-Green Bay’s major on-campus venues, including the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The course covers microphone fundamentals, stereo recording techniques, recording session protocol, and basic digital audio workstation skills.

After an initial assessment of readiness for formal academic music coursework, some Audio Production students may be advised to take MUSIC 170: Fundamentals of Music, for basic skills reinforcement. Students can take MUSIC 170 the summer before their first year, or in the spring of the first year (in which case the music theory and ear training sequence would be taken in the second year.) The first year usually also includes general education requirements and elective courses.

Course Summary
MUS APP 11 Keyboard Musicianship I
MUS APP 21 Keyboard Musicianship II
MUS APP 101/105/127 Keyboard/Voice/Instrumental Lessons 1
MUS APP 102/106/128 Keyboard/Voice/Instrumental Lessons 2
MUS ENS 1xx Minor Ensemble (see list)
MUS ENS 2xx Major Ensemble (see list)
MUSIC 103 Music Technology Tools
MUSIC 115 Ear Training and Sight Singing I
MUSIC 116 Ear Training and Sight Singing II
MUSIC 151 Music Theory I
MUSIC 151 Music Theory II
MUSIC 165 Fundamentals of Recording Technology

Your Second Year

Students in the second year of the Audio Production emphasis complete nine credits of coursework as part of our partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Students take NWTC’s Digital Audio Overview, Audio Engineering I, and Audio Engineering II on NWTC’s campus.

Those courses translate immediately into nine UW-Green Bay credits, satisfying the following Audio Production emphasis requirements: MUSIC 166, 265, and 266. These three courses also comprise NWTC’s Audio Production Certificate, meaning that students who finish the first two years of the program already hold a credential.

Additionally, students continue core music study as advised, along with general education and elective courses. Students who took MUSIC 170 in the spring of their first year would take the music theory and ear training sequence in the second year.

Course Summary
MUSIC 166 Digital Audio Overview (NWTC)
MUSIC 265 Audio Engineering I (NWTC)
MUSIC 266 Audio Engineering II (NWTC)

Your Third Year

The hallmark of the third year of study is specialized upper-level Audio Production coursework on the UW-Green Bay campus. MUSIC 365: Advanced Audio Mixing is a three-credit project-based course that addresses effects processing, ear training for audio engineers, basic psychoacoustics and professional audio mixing strategies. MUSIC 366: Live Sound Reinforcement takes all of the recording studio techniques acquired up to this point and translates them to live event environments, such as concerts and musical theatre productions.

This advanced project work is supported by weekly studio time—students sign up for a weekly four-hour session in the main control room and necessary live recording spaces. Session scheduling takes place at a weekly meeting of all audio production majors, with a rotating order of sign-up priority to ensure equity. One goal of the audio production emphasis is to create solid musicians whose main instrument is the recording studio, and that can’t happen without the regular, ongoing investment of practice time.

Typically, students in the third year also commence upper-level music study in classical music history, jazz, world music, and other specialized areas as advised. Students may also use part of their third year to complete an internship.

Course Summary
MUSIC 353/362/363/364 Music History I/World Music/Jazz History/Musical Theater History (choose one)
MUSIC 354 Music History II
MUSIC 365 Advanced Audio Mixing
MUSIC 366 Live Sound Reinforcement
MUSIC/MUS ENS 3xx/4xx Upper-level Music Elective (see list)
MUSIC 497 Internship

Your Fourth Year

Students enroll in a seminar on advanced audio topics in each fourth-year semester. Topics may include musical and structural acoustics, advanced digital audio theory, surround-sound production, and other research-based areas. Students who do not complete an internship before the senior year will also complete it here, along with any remaining degree requirements.

Audio Production students are also required to complete a capstone project. This is usually an album-length creative endeavor that is engineered by the student, but it can also be a customized project that incorporates secondary areas of interest and study.

As in the third year, students are allotted studio time each week for work on their capstone project, class assignments, and independent projects. If a capstone project requires extensive tracking, extended lockout sessions are available.

Course Summary
MUSIC 465 Senior Audio Seminar I
MUSIC 466 Senior Audio Seminar II
MUSIC 480 Capstone Project
Professor Bill Sallak

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