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Introducing Music Technology

A Group Course for Beginners

Next course starts 31 January 2019.

‘The course surpassed my expectations…and gave me so much information and so many skills that I could take away and work with on my own.’
– A. Lyons

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Course Description

Introducing Music Technology is a practical, hands-on course designed to teach absolute beginners how a PC and inexpensive home studio technology can be used to record and produce virtually anything at home.

Working at PC workstations in the Waltons New School of Music’s Music Technology Lab, you will receive an essential introduction to home recording and music production through a variety of hands-on projects. Topics covered include:

  • The Musical Spectrum. EQ bands and their musical relevance
  • Microphones & Recording. Mic types, techniques and positioning for vocal, guitar and instrumental recording
  • Effects. Compression, reverb, delay, chorus, flanging & pitch shifting
  • Programming. Programming drum and synth phrases using a built-in drum machine and sequencer
  • Synthesis. Envelopes, filters, oscillators and creating new sounds with a built-in synthesiser
  • Sampling. Sampling and editing loops and creating new sounds
  • Sequencing & Editing. Sequencing each of the above parts into an arrangement, effectively turning your PC into a multi-track recorder
  • Mixing & Effects. Achieving the all-important final mix, using built-in mixers, effects units and dynamic processors
  • Audio Mastering. The zero dB ideal and mastering techniques

At the end of the course you can take home your own studio mix of the material you have worked on (participants should bring along a USB memory stick for this). You will also take home a practical understanding of the range of possibilities modern home recording and software studio technology opens up to the professional and amateur alike.

Although participants should have a working knowledge of the PC and Windows operating system (previous experience with any Windows-based software is enough), no previous musical training, knowledge of music technology or ability to read music is necessary.

Gary Norman

Gary NormanGary started to learn the guitar as a young child and soon began to explore bass guitar and ukulele as well. He began playing live with bands and vocalists in his early teenage years, enjoying everything from pub residencies to Aviva Stadium events, and playing a wide range of genres and guitar styles, including rock, pop, folk, metal, reggae, blues and jazz. Alongside cover gigs, Gary began writing his own music, and he was a finalist in RTÉ 2FM’s New Irish Music competition while still in secondary school; since then he has worked on a number of national and international projects. Writing and recording music developed Gary’s early interest in production, and he pursued this by studying at Ballyfermot College of Further Education, where he earned a diploma in music technology while working as a live sound engineer and recording EPs for local acts. He went on to study Music and English at University College Dublin, where he received a BA with First Class Honours. As well taking numerous advanced modules in tonality and musicianship during his time in college, he also studied Non-Western music and joined the National Concert Hall Gamelan Ensemble, with which he has performed at Electric Picnic, the National Concert Hall and Leeds University. Gary is an experienced teacher of guitar, bass and ukulele, both privately and in groups; he has also taught Leaving Cert. Music and run workshops with a number of music schools.


‘Very enjoyable course, with all details well explained by a knowledgeable and friendly teacher.’
– B. Clancy

‘Very well explained by an interested and enthusiastic teacher.’
– J. Eaton

‘Essential for anyone interested in recording music at home.’
– D. Fox

‘A great introduction…. User-friendly, with a tutor very knowledgeable about the subject.’
– L. Frost

‘Thank you Waltons New School of Music for providing a course I had been looking around for and for delivering on its promises. Superb tutor!’
– K. Hartnett

‘A great course. Would definitely recommend it. I learned so much…’
– J. McDonald

‘Great course. Software well explained [and] no other school teaches Reason and Cubase at this price.’
– J. O’Neill

‘I learned so much…. The teacher was excellent with a wide knowledge of the field.’
– P. Scully

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2018-2019 Second Term Course Schedule & Fee

10 weeks, 31 January – 11 April 2019
(No class on 21 February – Mid-Term Break
Thursdays 6.30 – 8 pm

Tuition Fee: €290


Enrolment for this course requires a completed Enrolment Form and full payment of the course fee. Places are limited to eight, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date of enrolment. A number of our group courses fill in advance of their start dates, and early enrolment is recommended.


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