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6965 Mixers, Amps, Speakers, & Headphones: An Introduction to Sound Reinforcement and Recording Techniques


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Mixers, microphones, amplifiers, speakers and recording equipment are all becoming more common resources found in today’s modern music classroom. Teachers need to be familiar with their use in order to stay current in the field of music education. In this hybrid online/on-campus course, you’ll learn about various pieces of equipment and terminology employed in sound reinforcement and recording, how to assess the needs of a live performance situation, and be able to practice using this knowledge to reinforce and record live audio. Skills developed in this course will assist teachers in supporting their students as they incorporate these technologies into their musical development.
Required materials: Students should bring a pair of headphones to the April 18th meeting, as well as any sound reinforcement and recording equipment they would like to explore during class. More details will be provided in the pre-class online session. Please contact the instructor directly at with any questions about this course.

Instructor: Rick Palese

palese_rick_retouchRick Palese joined the administrative team at VanderCook in July 2010, however his relationship with the institution goes back much further. Rick is a VanderCook alumnus, having earned his B.M.Ed. in 2003, and M.M.Ed. in 2008.

Prior to being hired at VanderCook, Rick taught for seven years at Prairie Hill School in Cary, IL, where he directed both 5th and 6th grade bands. While at Prairie Hill, Rick also sponsored Jazz Club, Podcasting Club, and assisted with 6th grade musical productions and school assemblies.

Rick is an avid percussionist and maintains an active teaching studio at Absolute Music in Geneva, IL. He is a member of the Hudson Music Teacher Integration Project, and Vic Firth Education Team.



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Course Information

6965 Mixers, Amps, Speakers & Headphones: An Introduction to Sound Reinforcement & Recording Techniques
1 graduate credit
Online sessions: April 6-17, April 20-May 1
On-campus meeting: April 18. 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Tuition: $310, due in full with registration
Location: VanderCook, MIDI Lab (Room 117)

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3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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