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Technology Behind the Sound

High school students learn the art of production and sound.
Technology Behind the Sound

Technology Behind the Sound

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Show 1452: Technology Behind the Sound
Air Date: December 28, 2014



Rob McClendon: Well, few realize what it takes to make their favorite song pitch perfect. Our Courtney Maye visited a CareerTech program in Tulsa that teaches high school students the art of sound.

Courtney: Hands-on learning with musical instruments, video and audio helps students at Tulsa Technology Center leave career-ready.

Max Miller: I could set up live shows from what I’m learning. I could, I could work in TV or movies. There’s a lot of different options that I could kind of go with.

Courtney: Max Miller is a student in the broadcast sound engineering program and says he will finish prepared for a job in music, broadcast or production.

Miller: There’s job readiness training in there as well, to be ready to be hired once you get out in the industry.

Courtney: The program lasts one year – training students to produce audio and video projects. Instructor Walt Bowers says students will leave the program with more preparation than their competitors.

Walt Bowers: We try to give what would be a five-, six-year head start. Things we wish we would’ve known our first years as we were trying to hit industry.

Courtney: And co-instructor Michael Haggard says he is lucky to be able to use music as a teaching avenue.

Michael Haggard: We use, you know, our musical talents as a vehicle to learn the production side. If they’re coming in wanting to learn to be behind the camera or the man behind the console or the woman behind the console, that’s really what we teach, and there’s a lot of art to that. We just get to play with some really cool toys along the way.

Haggard: I have my kids at home, and then I have my kids here. And when they do something, I’m, I’m right there, “Hey, that’s my, that’s my student.”


Rob: Well, students in the program have access to 15 studios filled with professional production equipment – helping them hit the right note when out trying to get a job.