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Music Technology Essentials

A Group Course for Beginners

Next course starts 4 July 2019.

‘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

‘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

This summer version of Waltons New School of Music’s popular Introducing Music Technology course 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 individual PC workstations in the New School’s Music Technology Lab, students will receive an essential introduction to home recording and music production through a variety of hands-on projects. Over the course of 5 weeks and 10 hours of tuition, you will learn about::

  • 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.

This course covers Stage 1 of the New School’s ten-stage system of student progress and assessment, which culminates in a teaching or performing qualification (Stage 10) should the student progress that far. Participants who successfully complete the course can be issued with a certificate of completion of Stage 1. If you are taking the course, please let the school office know if you would like this certificate. See About Our Stage System for more information.

Summer Music Technology Essentials is one of the New School’s group courses. We also offer private music technology lessons, in a range of subjects, for students at all skill levels. See Traditional • Folk • World Instruments Tuition for more information

Graham McCartin

Graham McCartinGraham began learning guitar at an early age and moved into the world of music production when he was just seventeen. He has played in many bands over the years, performing sold out shows in venues around Ireland, including Whelans, The Academy and the Olympia Theatre. Studying music in University College Dublin and music production in Griffith College helped develop Graham’s expertise in the music production field. He is currently heavily involved in songwriting and production in the Irish music scene, working with many upcoming artists on a freelance basis and co-writing for artists in The Nucleus, the new pop songwriting hub in Dublin (where Ireland’s 2017 Eurovision entry, ‘Together’, was developed). Graham is also an active composer and producer for films and games, and he has worked on a number of short films over the past few years, including The Lollipop Man (2018), nominated for Best Comedy at the Underground Cinema Short Film Awards. You can check out Graham’s work on his website,


‘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

‘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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2019 Summer Term Course Schedule & Fee

5 weeks, 4 July – 1 August 2019
Thursdays 7 – 9 pm

Tuition Fee: €200


Enrolment for this course requires a completed Enrolment Form and full payment of the course fee. Places in each class 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.


Purchasing this course as a gift?
Please complete a Gift Certificate Booking Form.


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Introducing Music Technology
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