Central Connecticut State University 2014 ©
Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
CCSU Main Campus, 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT
Vance Academic Center (RVAC) 108
Audience: This program is for middle and high school students entering grade 6 through 12 in the Fall 2017.
Participants in this course will learn about the elements of todays’ music and how to build it from the ground up. We will explore modern genres such as pop, dance, hip hop, house, and dubstep, and bridge the gap between modern songwriting and traditional music theory.
Participants will learn fundamentals of FL Studio software, a very practical yet powerful digital audio workstation, to build waveforms, design sounds, sequence drums and samples, and create chord progressions and melodies that will give them the knowledge base necessary to create their own full pieces of music electronically. These skill sets are a gateway into the world of professional music production; we will converse and analyze practical options for freelance work, film/video game scoring, music licensing, and other successful avenues for aspiring musicians who wish to venture further into todays’ music industry.
Mike Harrison is an award-winning music producer/teaching artist from New Britain, CT with over 15 years of songwriting and production experience. He has made music placements and completed licensing briefs under companies like Microsoft, Sony, and Samsung, and has placed in remix competitions for renowned artists such as Usher, Marcy Playground, Counting Crows, Imperial Mammoth, and Swimming with Dolphins. With a background in music education from CCSU, one of his passions lies in sharing his knowledge with the youth as a teaching artist for those who wish to follow a similar path. In 2015 he created his online platform, http://torchesacademy.com/, an online-based learning community for music production and modern music theory. In 2016 after partnering with ParaDYM Academy (a New Britain youth program for digital media), he expanded the platform and began teaching in-person, project-based sessions with the youth of New Britain, CT which mirror and include the online content of Torches Academy. Currently, Mike teaches both online and in-person sessions for modern music composition and production with synergistic partners like ParaDYM Academy and CCSU