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Journal of the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association

Volume 11, Number 1 (2011)

A Model for Teaching Master-Level Audio Production: “COLA”

Timmy Tappan
Belmont University


Starting with a rudimentary device designed to capture sound for office use, audio production has blossomed into a remarkably complex process that propels the multi-billion dollar entertainment industry. With this evolution, traditional audio production pedagogy has focused on the technical skills needed for competency. Yet, success in these industries requires far more than mere technical know-how. Thus, “COLA” (Communication, Organization, Leadership, and Analysis/Evaluation) strives to facilitate the acquisition and implementation of the professional and personal skills needed to thrive as an audio producer. Further, COLA is more than a teaching tool for audio production; COLA’s true pedagogical goal is to mold students into exceptional individuals.

Keywords: music production, audio production, music technology, pedagogy, music industry, music pedagogy, music curriculum

Tappan, Timmy. “A Model for Teaching Master-Level Audio Production: “COLA”.” Journal of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association 11, no. 1 (2011): 213-222.  https://doi.org/10.25101/11.8

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