Teaching

Drew Cappotto’s goal as an educator is to make technology approachable to everyone. By breaking down larger concepts into easily-digestible nuggets, allowing them to discover complex systems as the sum of their parts, and to build on that core knowledge in logical and relatable ways, his students come away with confidence in their understanding of topics and techniques that once seemed unapproachable. Hands-on exercises and multimedia demonstrations are key elements in demystifying technology, and a great deal of care is placed into making his lectures exciting and engaging. Teaching students the value of technology in their creative works is equally important; building critical analysis skills, through the review of existing works and the study of how different techniques and aesthetics develop in tandem with available technologies, provides an import lens through which his students are able to contextualize their own work.

Interests

  • Music Technology and Production
  • Sound Design and Sonic Arts
  • Interactive Art and Multimedia
  • Music Perception and Cognition

Currrent Teaching

  • PS-522

    Production Concepts for the Contemporary Performer

    The course is a project-based, experiential learning exercise that will arm students with powerful tools and strategies in music production. Artist identity, vision and intention will provide direction for a recording project that will give students first-hand experience in the preproduction, recording and mixing process. Recording sessions will take place in a variety of venues, from professional recording studios with a large-format console, to project studios, to home recording set ups. Students explore the ways that the recording process can best serve their own professional and artistic goals, while collaborating with musicians and engineers.

  • PS-624

    Applied Advanced Production Projects

    This course provides a structured approach to the many aspects of record production. Through project-based, experiential learning exercises, designed to arm students with powerful tools and strategies in music production, this course enables students to create a recording that may serve as an essential piece of their culminating experience. Students gain first-hand experience in the preproduction, recording and mixing process. Recording sessions take place in a variety of venues, from professional recording studios with a large-format console, to project studios, to home recording set ups. Students further explore how the recording process best serves their individual artistic and professional goals, as they collaborate with musicians, technologists, and stakeholders involved in developing material for record company release.

  • MTI-303

    Recording and Mixing Skills for Music Production

    This project-based course is broken into two weekly sessions, the first focused on production and engineering concepts and the second focused on mixing skills. Throughout the semester, students complete two production projects: a step-by-step, singer-songwriter multitrack recording, and an exact sound-alike of an existing pivotal or hit record. Students experience the complete production process from preproduction though delivery, acquiring technical skills including multitrack recording techniques, microphone technique for vocals, guitars, drum-set and other instruments, and an understanding of signal flow, editing, mixing and delivery in the modern DAW environment. Students also gain experience with effective techniques of music production, including identifying goals, serving the emotional content of the song, effective arranging for records, and interpersonal issues surrounding the recording process.

Teaching History

  • AD-216

    Recording and Producing Techniques

    This course will expose students to the fundamentals of audio theory and engineering, audio production technique within the studio environment as well as location specific recording, playback, and the world of post-production.  This class will introduce students to everything from international standards and formats in music production to mixing and editing workflows. The class will fuse audio theory and music technology practice leveraging a variety of DAW software tools including Pro Tools, Logic, Live, MIDI, software instruments and plugins.

  • AD-106

    Music Technology Fundamentals

    This is an “all-in-one” course for (almost) everything related to music technology.  In this course students learn the fundamentals of digital audio, studio and location recording, audio and MIDI sequencing using Logic and Live, music production, and audio programming using Max.

  • AD-319

    Special Topics in Music Production

    This course will expose students to fundamental and advanced techniques of audio recording, engineering, and music production within the studio environment. Focus will be placed on the modern paradigm where composition, recording, and production are often realized within the same stage. The class will introduce students to approaches in music production, use of effects, mixing and editing workflows, and synthesis techniques. The class will fuse audio theory and music technology practice, leveraging a variety of DAW software tools including Pro Tools, Logic, Live, MIDI, software instruments and effects plugins.