Audio production is an amazing world of practical and creative storytelling through sound. Cornerstone is at the forefront of enabling students to influence the airwaves of our culture in many interesting forms. You’ll focus on classes in mixing and mastering, post production, and live sound production in fully-equipped studios.
In this program, you will:
- engineer, mix, master and produce audio
- learn audio post-production for film and television
- deconstruct popular music production
- use industry standard studios and equipment
- develop your professional audio portfolio
What can I do with this major?
As a graduate of this program, you might find work as a:
- music producer
- church media director
- recording studio engineer
- live audio engineer
- film post sound design and engineer
- recording studio engineer owner/operator
What are some interesting classes offered in this major?
- Deconstructing Popular Music looks at the history of music recording in the 20th century. Students study, research, and write papers on recording technology, technique, and the shifting sound of popular music in the recording age.
- Audio Production II emphasizes practical, hands-on experience in our recording studios. Students learn signal flow and advanced Pro Tools techniques to achieve higher quality recordings.
- In Music Producing I and II, you study the role of the producer in music. Work with bands, record songs of various genres, and continue to develop professional skills with Pro Tools.
What internships or partnerships are available with this program?
Our Cornerstone students have interned in a variety of exciting places. You could do the same by interning with:
- Big Ticket Festival. Help professionals run sound at our local music festival!
- WCSG. Work with the one of West Michigan’s strongest Radio stations.
- Contemporary Christian Music Center. Spend a semester in Nashville interning with industry professionals.
- Mega Churches. Improve your live mixing skills through interning at one of our many area churches.
What are grads doing now?
- Mike Cervantes (’10) runs his own recording studio in Grand Rapids called The Foxboro.
- Sarah Schaefer (’11) works at Brilliance Audio in Grand Haven, MI, where she edits, mixes, and engineers audio book recordings.
- Dave VanKeulen (’12) is the Tech and Programming Director at Impact Church in Lowell, MI, where he manages everything from live sound mixing to video content to lighting and stage design.
You may also be interested in:
CU Film and Video Production
CU Theatre productions
CU Music Division
CU student music videos