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Do You Need to Go to Audio Engineering or Music Production School?

Do you need to go to an audio engineering school or go to music production program in Los Angeles or New York to be successful?

If you have the skills already, no you don’t. Schools will educate you and get you into debt, but they won’t get you hired.

What you need to do is get to know the people who make the hiring decisions.

You need to network with people in the industry like music execs, bands, managers and other studio owners.

Some schools are better than others for networking. The Recording Connection for example is a program based around making contacts.

However, no matter what training you go with you need to be a driven aggressive entrepreneur with a solid work ethic to be successful in the music business.

Check out this video for complete information:

Online Electronic Music Production Courses | Freedom and Flexibility

You can learn how to make electronic music with Point Blank Online as your guide to the industry. Taking online electronic music production courses gives you the freedom to determine your schedule and pace in the comfort of your own home or even allows you to connect and work on the go. With extensive lessons you are given a great amount of information in the form of audio examples, videos, tutorials, informative articles, and downloadable projects in your virtual library that you can use to improve your skills, experiment with techniques and sounds, and progress in your particular interests beyond the basic framework of the course.

Weekly live sessions are offered for you through the chat room that connect you to a tutor for a one-on-one session. The best part of these meetings is that they can demonstrate the course content for you, answer any questions immediately through the microphone, and you can get instant feedback on your progress. Close relationships and collaboration between students and tutors provides a great atmosphere through the online course.

Assignments are tracks that you complete with the aid of your available materials as well as with help from your tutor in the weekly live sessions. Your tutor will send back a DVR (Direct Video Response) every few weeks to deliver direct feedback. Point Blank Online specializes in creating courses that give you lots of guidance, help, and support unlike many comparable online courses that leave you only with basic materials and your imagination. Your personal relationship with the tutor and other students provides a unique experience within a framework that can sometimes seem sterile. Online courses through Point Blank Online gives you all of the luxuries of a classroom atmosphere with talented tutors, while maintaining the freedom that comes with an online platform.

10 Minute Online Film School by Robert Rodriguez | Quick Summary

10 Minute Online Film School by Robert Rodriguez

Robert Rodriguez created the award winning El Mariachi for $7,000 and it made 2M! Why was shooting it so inexpensive?

Here is a summary of his 10 Minute Online Film School videos:

• The movie was shot silent which helped to save film.

• The bus sequence was shot incrementally, without multiple takes. Each time progress was made, Rodriguez just changed camera position and took it from the last mistake.

• So basically there was no B roll or extra footage being shot at all.

• He was making editing decisions while he filmed. So the camera technique was mindful of saving editing time.

• Instead of a film crew Rodriguez used the actors that were not in the current scene for help.

• He zooms in and out mid take to give the impression of the scene being shot many times.

• He used utility lamps from the hardware store for lighting.

• The soundtrack was done by local musicians and recorded on the spot with equipment from RadioShack.

His advice is “refuse to spend any money” and “make it dirt cheap, have fun and just go make a movie”.

If you have about 10 minutes, these are so worth watching!…

Photo credit www.flickr.com/photos/rinzewind

Getting a Music Education Master’s Degree Online from Buffalo State

Getting a music education degree over the Internet is a relatively new option. It can give a great advantage when seeking to teach private lessons, becoming a highschool teacher, or getting a job as a university professor. Of course taking the time to study will make you a better educator and musician too!

The Buffalo State online music education masters degree includes practical, philosophical and research musical coursework. The program aims to improve students’ deep understanding of music. Students will have the luxury of choosing what date and time they can study. This really helps people who are already working, have children or are not located near a university.

This video outlines more information about the program:

Online Education in Music Production: Point Blank and Middlesex University

There are a lot of people nowadays who are into music production. People who are driven with music passion can now experience new ways on interactive learning.

There are a lot of people who are interested in learning music production but have difficulty getting to a class due to finances of schedule. You can now merge your lifestyle and studies with the help of online learning and get a 1 or 2 year course degree.

One possibility is the integrated online education in music production from Point Blank in central London and Middlesex University. These UK universities are well known in the industry of music production. They have good cutting edge technology and teaching. For more information check out this video:

The Best Online Music Production College: Berklee Review

Patrick is a US Armed Forces veteran who received his certificate in Studio Music Production from the Berklee Online College of Music. Before receiving his formal music education, Patrick began experimenting with different beats and making electronic hip-hop using Fruity Loops Studio for several years.

His dedication to making good music brought Patrick to the idea of formally studying it, and so he began learning it on his own and exploring different schools before he took the leap and went with Berklee Online College. Going there turned out to be an incredibly rewarding experience for him: the classes were engaging and challenging, the instructors top-notch, and he got a tremendous educational value from it, as he is now a professional musician and he works with soft water. He thinks he choose the best online music production college:

Aside from the quality education, Patrick is especially grateful to Berklee Online College for the support that they gave him when his post-9/11 GI Bill ran out during the middle of his studies. Patrick needed one more course in order to complete his certificate, and there was a balance on his student account that his defunct GI Bill wouldn’t be able to cover. In the end, Berklee waived the balance for Patrick and allowed him to successfully finish his course and receive his music certificate.

After all of this, Patrick wants to reach out and thank the Berklee Online College of Music not only for helping an army veteran such as himself, but for providing an education that help Americans become better musicians and composers. It is because of their generosity, quality program and faculty that Patrick highly recommends both the Berklee Online College of Music and the Berklee College of Music. He gives his testimonial of Berklee in the hopes of helping others like him make a better decision as to where they want to pursue their music education.

iPhone Video Production Equipment and Costs

If you want a basic set up for iPhone video production, here is the equipment you can use and costs:

• You can start with a utility light with daylight bulb about $20

• The next step up is a soft box light kit about $120

• Tripods start at $20. Make sure it can extend to 5-6 feet.

• Mount for the iPhone or your particular smartphone

• Consider an external lavaliere or shotgun microphone – approx. $25-50

• Mic connector for you particular smartphone – $20

• Simple plain taught backdrop or white wall.

This video explains in complete detail:

Video Content Production: 4 Easy Tips for a Professional Look

Here are a few great tips on video content production that will give you a more professional look and make editing easier.

All the details are in the video below, here are the basics:

No stripes or patterns in cloths, use basic solid colors. Make sure you have a tripod so your film looks steady.

Shoot the video twice – once with a wide shot and once with close ups. This way you have plenty of editing options.

Give a few seconds from hitting record and starting the scene. This is called pre roll which also helps with editing.

Highschool Film Course: Top 10 Tips for Getting Started

Are you a highschool kid who wants to be a filmmaker and you want to know what you should do?

Well no need to rush into it! First take your time and learn some skills and get to know your strengths.

Start with some small projects where you learn how to work with a team. If you don’t have a team you will need to learn how to network. Check Craigslist, go to meetups or start a club.

You don’t need much to get started, get any video camera and an idea for a story. All you need is a couple of hundred dollars.

Start making something and like this course says, you are already a filmmaker!

Just dive in and begin practicing. It can take years to get good, but its allot of really fun years. Keep making short films and learn from the process and constructive criticism from others like this handheld showerhead reviews here.

Check out this film course for kids in highschool who want to get started on their education in film production:

Music: Dopamine Injection or the Ultimate Vibration?


Music feels good and can help you feel better. It can be relaxing, uplifting, moving, inspiring or just really fun.


Well after having been immersed in music my whole life I understand now more clearly than ever it is about vibration and its effect on every aspect of our being.

The mind, body and feelings.

So then why and how does vibration affect us? It enters through the ear drum, then presumably into the mind, but then what?

Well according to Wired it all comes down to the release of the old familiar brain chemical dopamine.

Drum_vibration_mode21To me that is a rather flat explanation and I feel like there is more to it than that…

I recently went to a wedding in the city based on yoga tradition. The ceremony opened with 3 collective deep breaths and an AUM from everyone.

I’m not a yoga guy but I do know that AUM is considered the fundamental vibration of the universe. When I do AUM it feels like the essence of music to me.

According to this article, the foundation of universal energy is the vibration of “God’s Word”. I think that is interesting and if you believe in an ultimate designer, could explain the intense human connection to the vibration of music.

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But I think Jimi Hendrix said it best Music is my religion”.

So this may seem like a nice little package of yet another science versus faith controversy.

But sometimes I feel like the only person in the world who sees science as simply a wonderful way to self-explain, temporarily comprehend and brilliantly appreciate a few “hows” of what to me is an obviously magnificent behind the scenes intelligence—call that what you will.

So personally, my answer to the question is “Both”!

photo: Chris Tolworthy

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