Creating and Editing Digital Recordings (ONLINE)
In this hands-on, project-based online course, participants will learn how to create high quality recordings of a wide variety of musical ensembles. Participants will learn appropriate microphone selection and placement with consideration given to equipment they already have access to and what can be added (if necessary) within their budget. Students will record then mix, edit and master these recordings using Audacity, a free cross-platform open source software program. The course covers setting up for recording, creating an Audacity project, editing, adding effects, enhancing the recordings, and mastering the recordings for CD or online distribution. Students will submit several audio projects as well as video journals demonstrating their understanding of course topics. Students should be familiar and comfortable with standard computer operation and functions. They must also have access to their own computer (either Mac or PC) with high-speed Internet access. Participants must also have access to microphones and other digital recording/interface equipment – details will be discussed (including several options for purchase or borrowing from a colleague if necessary) in the first week of the course.
Instructor: Bill Miller
William Miller joined the Community High School District 99 music faculty in 1995. He currently teaches a variety of courses at North High School, including: Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Digital Music Composition, and Popular Music Styles (history). He is also the director of the DGN Jazz Lab Band and lead-director of the Trojan Marching Band. Mr. Miller also serves as the auditorium manager and has been the lighting and sound director of several productions each year during his tenure at North.
Mr. Miller received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There he participated in concert bands, jazz bands and was a four year member of the Marching Illini. Mr. Miller has also served on the staff of the Illinois Summer Youth Music Camp. Mr. Miller has presented clinics on the use of music technology in the public schools at several national conferences including the Midwest Clinic, the Michigan Music Technology Conference and the Illinois Music Educators Association. He has also taught courses on this subject at the VanderCook College of Music and Elmhurst College.
In 2012, Mr. Miller achieved National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.