Music Production Using Pro Tools

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Spring 2019 Information

Registration Opens Monday, November 26, 2018
Registration for all spring online courses closes on February 1, 2019 at
12:00 p.m. CDT.
Spring online courses begin February 4, 2019 and conclude on May 5, 2019.
Spring Break for online courses:
March 18-24, 2019 (no classes will be held).
Online Course Tuition Promotion Schedule (3-Credit Courses):
November 26 – December 22, 2018:  $970
December 23 – January 13, 2019:  $995
January 14 – February 4, 2019:  $1,020
1-Credit Tuition:
$340 (no promotional pricing)
Promotional pricing applies only for tuition paid in full and excludes single credit courses and Band Instrument Repair.
The cost per-credit for the 2018-2019 acedemic year is $340.
*Band Instrument Repair is excluded from this cost schedule

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

Mike_FeinMichael 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.



Music Production Using Pro Tools (Mac/PC)

Instructor: Michael Fein

3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $1.020, due in full with registration    
Course Code: 7819
Chat Sessions:
Chat sessions are optional. Optional chats will be offered on Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 p.m. (CDT).
Required text(s):
Mixing in Pro Tools: Skill Pack
by Brian Smithers
(Cengage, ISBN-13: 978-1598639728)
Software/hardware requirements for Mac & Windows users:
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. I suggest AKG K240 or comparable headphones.
Suggested Materials:
Audio interface with at least one audio input such as Focusrite Scarlett or Presonus AudioBox
XLR microphone such as Shure SM58 or Audio Technica AT2035
VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology ( Through this learning management system, you'll be able to interact directly with your instructor, students in your classes, and members of the greater VanderCook Online community.
Classes this spring term officially begin on Monday, February 4, 2019. The week prior to the Spring 2019 term start date, we will be adding you as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from or with log-in instructions between January 28th and February 3rd. Once you are given credentials, simply visit to login. On the morning of February 4th, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.
Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.
You’ll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You’ll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy school schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!
Courses are scheduled for 13 weeks, with one week (March 18-24, 2019) being a designated week off for Spring Break. The Spring Online Term ends Sunday, May 5, 2019.

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