A music course at Chandler-Gilbert Community College could be the high note of some students' fall semester, but professors in the college's music business program want to turn up the volume on students' familiarity with "Digital Audio Workstation I."
"We're working to generate awareness of the class because some music business students didn't even know the class existed," said Ted Goddard, a music faculty member at CGCC.
Enrollment in the course has ebbed and flowed since its debut in the 2007 fall semester, Goddard said. This included some semesters where the class lacked enough students to continue.
This semester's class of seven students is an exception for the music business program, which offers a certification of completion or an associate's degree.
"The college usually doesn't allow low-enrollment classes," Goddard said. "But this one went through because it's a new class and an occupation-specialty class."
Greg Naylor teaches the course as a part-time instructor at CGCC. He is entering his second semester of teaching the class, where students learn to digitally record, edit, mix and produce master recordings.
Naylor said he recruited for the course from this semester's studio music recording class.
Goddard said the studio class is usually the prerequisite for the workstation class.
But students can concurrently complete the two courses with instructors' permission.
Naylor said the students who walk through the door "are different types. There are musicians that are interested. There are people who are technical. There are people who want to sing and record their own stuff.
"It's pretty cool when people walk in and don't know anything - and then walk away being able to record a song," he added.
Goddard said a digital keyboard and a software-equipped Macintosh laptop await each student in the course.
The laptops are dedicated to running Pro Tools, a type of audio recording and editing software, Goddard said.
The computers were bought with funds from a Carl Perkins grant.
Naylor said the class has enough sets of recording equipment for up to 15 students.
Goddard said launching the equipment-ready course was a work in progress the last few years.
When the music business program first emerged in 2005 at CGCC, the workstation course wasn't offered, he explained.
Its absence meant that music business students had to finish earning their certificates or associate's degrees at another school.
Naylor said, "It's a ‘It's not-too-late' kind of thing. If you've dreamed about recording music, you still can. What (students) learn in a community college versus what they learn in a recording school is really comparable, but for significantly less (money)."
Kiali Wong is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. She is a senior at Arizona State University.