Video interview by Clayton Helstrom
The music department introduced a new elective class, Music Recording Technology, for the 2017-2018 school year. The half-credit, semester-long class is open to anyone, regardless of grade and skill level. Matthew Topping, choir director and comprehensive musicianship teacher, is the instructor.
Second semester recording student senior Kyle Elmore said, “I definitely think it’s a class worth taking.”
According to Topping, this first-of-its kind class gives Cedar Cliff students the opportunity to learn about non-performing aspects of the music industry. They also have the opportunity to get in contact with industry professionals and further their understanding of the field.
“It is a fun, laid-back class,” Topping said.
In this interactive audio technology workshop, students learn not only how to use music recording systems, but also how to run a sound board, microphones, amplifiers, audio interfaces, automations, lighting, and various music software.
They learn the technical side of both live and recorded music.
“I have learned how to confidently run a sound board and put on microphones,” senior Maddie Campbell said.
Topping said the class uses “state-of-the-art equipment” to apply musical skill to create music. He said new equipment is arriving all the time and that many current projects are conducted in small groups. Since the class was just created, course curriculum is still being developed, and students get to be involved in the process.
“As more and more equipment arrives, opportunities for individual learning and projects will continue to increase, “ Topping said. “Students who are interested in working in the music industry should consider taking the course.”
Most students taking the class have previous music experience; however, it is not a requirement. The class can help further the skill level of any student taking it. “The material I have learned has been very beneficial,” junior Nate DuBose said.
The students enjoy the class and appreciate all it has taught them. “It is a very good class,” senior Haven Smith said.