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Class Descriptions

Digital Audio Production

Digital Audio Production I will teach students the foundations of Digital Audio Workstations (DAW’s). This is a 3 session, double period course that is only open for enrollment in the 1st and 4th sessions. Students must complete one of the following prerequisites prior taking the course: Musical Foundations, Hip Hop & Rock Fundamentals or EDM Fundamentals. Topics will include equalization, mixing, quantization, compression, digital editing, compression, and musical arrangements in contemporary music in multiple genres. Introductory recording, micing and MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) techniques will be utilized. Using this understanding of DAW’s, students will compose, arrange, overdub and mix multiple songs in the genres of their choosing creating the beginning of a portfolio to showcase their burgeoning skill set. Prerequisites: Any of the following: EDM Foundations, Hip Hop & Rock Foundations or Music Fundamentals.

Digital Audio Production II will teach students the foundations of Digital Audio Workstations (DAW’s). This is a 3 session, double period course that is only open for enrollment in the 1st and 4th sessions. Digital Audio Production I is the only prerequisite. Topics will include equalization, mixing, quantization, compression, digital editing, compression, and musical arrangements in contemporary music in multiple genres. Advanced recording, micing and MIDI, and DAW editing techniques will be utilized. Using this understanding of DAW’s students will compose, arrange, overdub and mix multiple songs in the genres of their choosing creating a portfolio to showcase their advanced skill set, including a musical product using original or borrowed musical material, electronic sounds or environmental sounds. Prerequisites: Digital Audio Production I.

EDM Foundations

EDM (Electronic Dance Music) Foundations is an introductory Audio Production course that will teach students the basic structure and techniques to compose their own EDM songs, including wobble bass and rises. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively. Students will use basic miking, MIDI instruments and samples to record, edit and overdub, primarily using Ableton Live Lite, a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Students will analyze signal flow, gain structure, computer folder architecture to troubleshoot their equipment.

Hip Hop & Rock Foundations

Hip Hop & Rock Foundations is an introductory Audio Production course that will teach students the basic structure and techniques to compose their own Hip Hop beats or Rock songs, including drum loops and overdubbing. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively. Students will use basic miking, MIDI instruments to record, edit and overdub, primarily using Pro Tools, the industry standard Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Students will analyze signal flow, gain structure, computer folder architecture to troubleshoot their equipment.

Music Fundamentals

Musical Fundamentals will teach students the foundations of musical theory and is offered for concurrent college credit through Arapahoe Community College. This is a 3 session course that is only open for enrollment in the 1st and 4th sessions. Prior knowledge with musical theory is not assumed. Topics will include scales, intervals, chord theory, analyzing chord progressions, rhythms, and musical arrangements in contemporary music in multiple genres. Student will demonstrate their understanding of musical theory by composing, arranging, overdubbing and mixing a song in the genre of their choosing using music notation software and DAW technology.

Rock & Roll History

Rock & Roll History will explore American history and culture from the mid twentieth to early twenty-first century through the lens of the music that defined it.  American music, while constantly evolving, expressed the changing times and cultural upheaval as the American people struggled with changing relationships of race, wealth and class.


Recording Technology Bootcamp


Recording Technology Bootcamp is an introductory Recording Technology course that will teach CFHSC students the basic science behind microphones and recording techniques.  After learning the theory of microphone circuits, students will construct a microphone or other electromagnetic transducer.  They will then be required to use that microphone to make a recording or sample using Pro Tools and/or Ableton Live, the industry standards in Digital Audio Workstations (DAW). Students will be able to keep their microphone.


Guitar for Near Beginners


Guitar for Near Beginners is for guitar players who already know how to play five or more chords, can strum basic patterns and can change chords well. This class will emphasize learning complete songs in different musical styles, getting rhythm down and learning barre chords.


Get on the Radio

Get on the Radio is a chance for students to present their unique voice and talent to the world by having their work played on Denver radio station 104.7FM.  Students will make music, podcasts and tell stories about them.


Song Writing I & II


Songwriting will teach students the fundamentals of writing their own songs.  Every person has a song to sing,; it’s just a matter of learning how to express it.  Young songwriters will learn common song structures, melody and melodic patterns, rhythmic pattterns, harmony and chord progressions to evoke emotion in themselves and their future audiences.


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