Music Production Using Pro Tools


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Music Production Using Pro Tools

February 3May 4, 2020

This course will focus on recording and producing music with Pro Tools, the industry-standard professional music production software. Participants will record audio with microphones, MIDI from the electronic keyboard, and make extensive use of software instruments. This course is designed for the elementary and secondary music educator interested in making professional sounding recordings of his/her ensembles and integrating music production into the music curriculum. Basic computer literacy is required for this course.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain how digital audio works.

  • Setup a new Pro Tools recording system.

  • Navigate and use the three primary modes (slip, shuffle and grid) and three primary tools (trim, selection and grabber) to edit audio/MIDI recordings in Pro Tools.

  • Automate volume, panning and effect parameters.

  • Effectively use EQ, compression, delay and reverb plug-ins.

  • Describe and implement multiple stereo recording techniques.

  • Create a rough mix using track grouping, submixing and a master fader.

  • Use audio-suite effects to fix pitch mistakes.

  • Effectively select and record with microphones.

  • Record and edit MIDI in conjunction with software instruments.

  • Utilize existing loops and create new sampled loops to generate interesting musical material.

  • Develop a budget for recording equipment.

Instructor: Michael Fein

Fein,_Michael_headshot Michael Fein earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in jazz saxophone performance from Rowan University. He released his debut jazz album, Four Flights Up, in April 2005 (available on iTunes). Fein has presented numerous sessions at music and technology conferences including the 2005 National Education Computing Conference and the 2009 and 2010 TI:ME National Conferences. He was awarded the TI:ME Teacher of the Year in 2007. In 2010, Fein co-authored Making Music with GarageBand and Mixcraft, a music production curriculum text, and recently authored Teaching Music Improvisation with Technology, published in February 2017. Fein currently teaches graduate music technology courses at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and music technology electives and jazz ensemble at Haverford High School in Haverford Township, PA.

Course Details

Music Production Using Pro Tools

Course Code 7780

Michael Fein

3 Graduate Credits

$1,050, due in full with registration

Online Chat Sessions


Required Text(s)
Mixing in Pro Tools: Skill Pack
by Brian Smithers

Software/Hardware Requirements
Internet access is required.

Mac/PC computer that meets the minimum system requirements for Pro Tools (

Pro Tools software (Pro Tools 11 or newer). **You can purchase a month-to-month Pro Tools subscription for the duration of the course for $9.99/month.

USB MIDI keyboard/controller such as Korg nanoKey or M-Audio Keystation. You can also use any standard MIDI keyboard with an M-Audio Uno USB MIDI interface.

Monitoring via headphones and/or speakers. AKG K240 or comparable headphones are recommended.

Recommended Materials
Audio interface with at least one audio input such as Focusrite Scarlett or Presonus AudioBox

MECA Online Course Details
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Fall 2020 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, Sept. 21. Soon after you register, you'll be added as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you are given credentials, simply visit to login. On the morning of Sept. 21, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

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Online grades will be reported by mid-October. If you are in need of a transcript please visit the online transcript request page. If you are in need a quick turn around time for your transcript please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).


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