Even the best-resourced establishments can use a little extra help on occasion.
Colleges and universities are generally very well-resourced. Sound production teaching staff have plenty of relevant experience, and there is adequate provision of equipment for students’ practical work. So what can Sounds Active Essential Sound Engineering offer in this sector?
A working familiarity with sound recording and production is increasingly recognised as a useful complementary skill in a number of related disciplines, eg video production, music, animation, drama, teaching, etc. Many colleges and universities have formalised this by mandating that all such students must receive at least a basic training in sound production.
Ideally, familiarisation training is delivered by sound production teaching staff, but this is not always possible nor a cost effective approach: where available these specialists’ fiirst priority really needs to be the students majoring in their own subject area.
Sounds Active ESE can help by spreading the load. It offers a high quality self-paced learning option (actually based on Iain Massey’s 1st year BA Applied Music course) which can take the place of some or even all lecturer-led sessions.
Access Courses are an important function of further education colleges, and music technology is a popular vehicle for engaging vocationally-inclined students in the creative industries. In some instances, access courses are delivered off the main college campus in community-based satellite facilities. So, as with familiarisation training, Sounds Active ESE can be a convenient and cost effective alternative teaching resource that takes the strain off busy teaching staff.
Many of the educational scenarios covered in Sounds Active ESE involve equipment configurations that take time and effort to set up (and tear down) in the classroom. For example, the lesson in miking up a grand piano involves two pairs of carefully-positioned microphones and a monitoring set-up that allows A-B comparison of the sounds they are capturing. And that is assuming you have access to a grand piano in the first place! It’s the kind of high-impact demonstration you can only set up infrequently, if ever.
Sounds Active ESE is increasingly regarded as a standard teaching resource in secondary schools.
So, if you are in the business of training teachers who will take on responsibility for music technology or sound recording in their future positions, it makes sense to introduce them to the package in advance. What’s more, if your establishment has a Home Use / Site license, your students can install Sounds Active ESE on their own laptops and use it to help develop lesson plans as they go on placement.