Art of Record Production Conference
May 17-19, 2019
Berklee College of Music, 921 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215
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Friday, May 17 • 14:30 - 15:00
The Producer as Educator

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Through my own producing and by working with many producers over two decades as an audio program director, and through my 30+ years in education, I have learned that much is the same in the studio as in the concert hall and in the classroom; but there are also some crucial differences. The producer manages the dynamics of the session and the musicians’ performances, while offering musicians a new and unique learning experience. This leadership can greatly enhance musicianship in and outside the studio. For example, when the producer directs the musicians’ listening towards elements that are the most relevant for making decisions about recording (in contrast to other performing scenarios), the producer unlocks the creative process for musicians, unlocks new ways to hear sound. Thereby, musicians not only gain insight into the recording process but creativity and performing in general. The unique role of critical listening (in spaces, of recordings, through technology) in the studio makes this work unlike the work musicians do with an instrument teacher or coach. The producer builds an aesthetic framework within which the artist can hone specific skills that are unique to working in a controlled recording environment and are also applicable to creative expression more broadly. This paper will explore the production process and techniques used from pre-production duties through the recording session to post- production. This study, though inspired by classical musicians, lends itself to a broader audience.

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Theresa Leonard

Theresa Leonard is an internationally recognized music producer and audio educator. She holds a Master of Music degree in sound recording from McGill University and bachelor degrees in both music and education. In her more than 30- year career, she has served as Executive Producer... Read More →

Friday May 17, 2019 14:30 - 15:00 EDT
Classroom 311 (3rd floor)