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.
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.