Sound & Audio Engineering

Why This Class

Does your student enjoy making music and interacting with technology? Do they love listening to electronic beats or mixing funny voice recordings? If the answer is yes, you might want to give them an outlet to expand this interest further. On that note, this course introduces your student to the fundamentals of sound and audio engineering.

Students in this self-paced course learn how to record and produce pro-quality sounds using Audacity audio-editing software. Along the way, they practice adding sound effects to music and voice tracks, piece together multiple audio files to create layered sounds, and even learn the ins-and-outs of copyrighting their work. By the end of the course, students have a personal portfolio of mixed-and-mastered original electronic tracks.

Students emerge from this course with a new perspective on the hard work and artistry behind the sounds of their favorite songs and movies. They are excited to continue using their new skills to produce creative works of their own.

Overarching Questions

How can I create and edit audio?

How can I add fun effects to music and voice tracks?

How do I navigate the rules of copyright and intellectual property?

Required Materials

Audacity 2.0.5 (free download)
Personal computer or laptop

*This course will not work on a Chromebook.

Course Details

Recommended Grade: 9th (Freshman) – 12th (Senior)

Prerequisites: None

Estimated Weekly Hours: 5

Format: Self-paced

Credits: 0.5

System Requirements

PC: Windows 7 or higher

Mac: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher

Audacity 2.0.5 (free download included)

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Please note that program and course descriptions, as well as reading and materials lists, are subject to change as we continuously improve our curriculum throughout the year. Book and materials lists for the upcoming school year are published in SIS mid to late June. Some courses require subscriptions e.g., Adobe software or online magazines that may not be covered by partner schools.