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May 18th - GMG's Annual
Music Celebration Concert -
You must register online for
this event. The concert will
be held at Bookman
Elementary School and will
begin at 4pm, students are
asked to arrive no later than
June 1st - Maestro Music
Student Showcase at GMG
Music Center. Lake
Carolina, Rice Creek and
Langford will be performing
at 1pm. Bookman and CFA
will be performing at 4pm.
June 10th - July 3rd -
Summer Music Academy
Session I Ages 13-18
July 2nd - SMA Session I
Concert at the Village at
July 3rd - SMA Session I
Concert Downtown Lake
July 15th - August 9th -
Summer Music Academy
Session II Ages 7-12
August 8th - SMA II Concert
at the Village at Sandhills
August 9th - SMA II Concert
Downtown Lake Carolina
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We have a wide range of students: students who want to play just
for fun, students who excel to pursue music in college and
students who need to prepare for a career in music.
Learn about the
Music Production is currently only offered for students already
enrolled in GMG Music Center. Students learn about the creation
and production of recordings of music and how to successfully
complete recording projects.
Check out these careers in Music Production!
The producer functions as a creative leader of any studio, film,
television, or radio recording project. Producers work mainly with
recording acts and record labels to produce records. They also work
with composers and produce sound recordings for film, TV and other
forms of multimedia, as well. The producer supervises all aspects of
the recording process, including contracting session players and
overseeing the recording budget. A producer may also help the artist
select songs to be recorded. Preferably, a producer should be an
excellent musician with a lot of performing experience and a great
depth of musical, acoustical, and studio technical understanding.
The recording engineer operates the soundboard and other
electrical equipment during the recording of music. Recording
engineers run the recording session with oversight from the
producer. They may also be responsible for setting up equipment in
the studio prior to the session, and discussing with the producer or
musical act what they want the end product to sound like. It is the
engineer's subsequent responsibility to craft a recording that meets
the producer's, artist's, or band's desires. The engineer may also be
responsible for mixing down the recorded tracks into the finished
The assistant engineer works in the recording studio and is
responsible for assisting the recording engineer with setup,
recording tracks, and mixing. He works as directed by the recording
As the producer's right-hand person, the production assistant
handles details for the producer such as contracting talent
(musicians/vocalists) for sessions, scheduling studio time, placing
telephone calls, sending emails ensuring everyone is aware of when
and where the session will be held, assisting on the session, and
setting up the equipment in the studio for a session and/or returning
it to its proper place after the session.
The studio manager/owner is the person responsible for running the
business of the recording studio and may be a sole or partial owner
of the business. Studio managers are responsible for booking acts to
record at the studio, scheduling engineers, marketing the studio, and
budgeting and providing for all the needs of a professional recording
studio. He is also the in-house diplomat, acting as the liaison
between engineers and clients, ensuring client satisfaction, and
handling all financial transactions with clients.
Sound technicians are responsible for high-quality sound during the
live performance. They usually arrive at the concert sight before the
performers and are involved in unloading and setting up the
equipment and instruments along with the road crew. Sound
technicians supervise the placement of equipment and work with the
talent during the sound check to achieve the best sound. They may
even work a soundboard during the actual performance.
Acoustic consultants provide complete audio, video, and acoustic
design services for performance spaces such as concert halls,
arenas, stadiums, studios, convention facilities, clubs, churches,
and synagogues. Acoustical consultants can provide an acoustical
analysis of a particular venue, identify acoustical problems, and
make suggestions for equipment or interior design changes for fixing
Audio Engineer for Videos
This engineer's specialty is making certain that the audio tracks are
synchronized and equalized with the video.
Digital Remastering Engineer
This engineer's responsibility is to take older analog masters, which
are on vinyl, 8-track, or audiocassette formats, and remaster them
for release on CD or other digital mediums.
Live Sound Engineer
This engineer's primary responsibility is to operate the soundboard
during a live performance. The live sound engineer is also involved
in sound check and the placement of equipment in preparation for a
Recording Equipment Manufacturer's Rep/Customer Service
A recording equipment manufacturer's rep will usually work at the
company's headquarters in a customer service/tech support role.
They will also represent the company at trade shows or conferences
and potentially serve as a product demonstrator. Usually, someone
with strong playing ability as a musician is selected for this role.
- Age Range: 7-18
Material Fee: $25
Mastering Engineer (Post-Production Engineer)
This engineer is responsible for taking the final mixes of
recordings that have been sent by a studio, band, or artist for
finishing touches such as EQ (equalization), overall effects,
and possibly compression.
Multimedia Developer (Interactive Multimedia Specialist)
Multimedia developers specialize in formatting and producing
audio content for CDs and websites. They primarily combine
two or more of the following formatstext, still images, video,
animation, or soundand prepare them as part of an interactive
Rerecording Mixer (Film and Video)
If a film or business wants to use a particular song for a
commercial or movie, they will often rerecord the song or
composition again in order to avoid having to negotiate and
pay a hefty master-licensing fee to a record label for use of the
actual (master) recording. By rerecording the song, they will
only have to pay the mechanical licensing fee, which is a rate
that is established by the U.S. government (currently, 8.0 per
song, per unit that is five minutes and under in length, and
1.55 for each minute above five minutes) and is much cheaper
than a master-licensing fee. Therefore, a rerecording mixer for
film and video rerecords a song or composition that already has
been commercially released.
Record Company Staff
Many times successful producers and engineers who have a
track record of working with and identifying successful artists
and bands will be tapped for an executive level position at a
record label, to oversee artist development, production, or
A&R. These producers and engineers usually have had an
exclusive agreement and history or working with the record
label for several years, and the success of the producer or
engineer has resulted in the success of the label.
Recording Studio Setup Worker
This person is generally charged with the responsibilities of
setting up for a recording session by arriving early before the
session musicians, artist, or band and setting up any
necessary musical equipment, such as amplifiers, drum set,
microphones, running microphone cords, music stands, etc.
This person is also generally the last person to leave, since
he/she is left with the responsibility of ensuring that all
equipment is returned to its proper place.
Studio designers provide complete audio, video, and acoustic
design services for recording facilities. Studio designers can
serve as consultants for designing or renovating studios for
select and distinct purposes.
The studio technician is extremely knowledgeable in the field of
electrical engineering, circuitry, and audio electronics. This
person may work within the audio manufacturer's headquarters
and/or conduct fieldwork, such as visiting a client's studio for
customer servicerelated issues or product repair.