This year, LCHS is offering a new class called Recording Arts, which was created by band director Jason Stone. The period is taught in LCHS’s very own professional recording studio, which is a freshly furnished room attached to the band room. Mr. Stone believes it is important to have the technology and skills to record music for students who are passionate about music. He teaches students the techniques they need to follow a career in musical production, and encourages everyone to record their own songs and projects.
“The class is open to everyone. Anyone who is interested in music, sound, or sound engineering is welcome to join,” said Mr. Stone.
Zach Northrop (11) and Will Chant (12) are two students in this new class. Zach joined recording arts because he took music theory last year and [he is] really interested in music composition.
“I like how [music theory] ties into the other end of it, when you’re in the studio actually turning the music into a tangible product,” Zach said.
Will has similar interests in music composition, and he also plans to pursue a music career in college and beyond. This is why he wanted to fill his high school schedule with as many music classes as possible.
In the Recording Arts period, students explore a program called Protools, which allows them to manipulate and record sounds. They get an understanding of what it takes to record a piece of music, and how to work with the equipment, such as microphones. Additionally, they will learn how to apply music to different mediums through different projects Mr. Stone creates for the class.
The most recent project students have been working on is creating their own ringtones. In the past, students made 30-second radio spots in which they pretended to announce a real or fictional event on campus. The projects tested the students’ creativity and skill in manipulating audio, teaching them skills they’ll apply in the future.
Will has already started using the lessons he has been learning in Recording Arts, as well as using the studio to produce his own songs. He has already recorded two songs, one of them being “a fast, funky song, and the other one is a smooth piano piece.” He also plans on recording another song with a whole band. He is going to release all of these songs soon.
In the future, Mr. Stone hopes to develop this period into two separate classes: an introductory class and an expert class. In the first level, the students are introduced to the tools and basic techniques of music production, and they will learn to handle the equipment responsibly. The expert class will be engineered for designing one’s own personal projects, giving students the experience they need to pursue a career in music.
If you’re interested in the field of music as a future career or a fun hobby, be sure to join the Recording Arts class during sixth period.