Music Production Academy

Salisbury University’s Music Production Academy offers an immersive introduction to composing, producing and recording music. Students learn music theory, songwriting and instrumental performance in SU’s state-of-the-art facilities that allow them to get hands-on experience in studio recording, live sound engineering, beat-making and music video production. Students operate live sound equipment and record and mix music in a multitrack recording studio, using industry standard software.

What You Need to Know

Audience: Students entering grades 9-12
- Week one: July 6-10
- Week two: July 13-17
- Final showcase: July 18
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with the final showcase 5 to 7 p.m. July 17 and 2 p.m. July 18
Cost: $500 total
Qualifications: None

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Program Highlights

Participants in the music production academy will:

  • Learn concepts of composing, producing and recording music
  • Understand fundamentals of music theory and contemporary songwriting
  • Be instructed in basics of a variety of musical instruments, including piano, guitar, ukulele and percussion
  • Receive lab experiences in studio recording, live sound engineering, beat-making, rock/blues improvisation and music video production
  • Record and mix music in a multitrack recording studio
  • Operate basic live sound equipment
  • Work with industry standard software, including GarageBand, Propellerhead Reason, ProTools and iMovie
  • Collaborate with other musicians in both live and recording environments

Academy Instructors

Colleen Clark has worked as a recording engineer, producer and studio musician for more than 10 years, collaborating with a variety of artists in the rock, blues, bluegrass and hip-hop genres. As a singer and songwriter, she has released two solo albums, one of which was picked up for distribution in Japan through Sandfish Records. Clark has extensive experience as a live sound engineer and works regularly as the front-of-house engineer at music festivals across the country. She earned her M.A. in audio science from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and her B.A. in mathematics and music theory from the University of Notre Dame. She is currently an associate professor of music technology at SU, where she teaches audio production and acoustics courses.

Dr. Matt Michaud is a professional blues and jazz guitarist, an educator and a native of Buffalo, NY. He has been performing professionally for more than 15 years and has toured as a sideman with tenor saxophonist Don Menza and organist Brian Charette. He studied classical guitar at SUNY College and went on to receive his master’s degree in jazz and contemporary media from the Eastman School of Music and his doctorate in jazz studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Michaud currently teaches guitar through SU’s PRESTO program, as well as courses in improvisation at SU.

Dr. Louise Anderson is an assistant professor of music and the coordinator for music education at SU. Anderson has extensive experience teaching music at all grade levels and all types of classes, including music theory and conducting vocal and instrumental groups. In addition to requests for guest conducting at choral festivals, Anderson also leads many ukulele workshops and jams. She also is a freelance performer and plays a variety of instruments.

Eric Shuster is a musician based in Salisbury. He performs in concert halls, opera houses, festivals, art spaces, bars and living rooms. He also produces concerts and directs a percussion ensemble. He regularly collaborates with composers and artists to create new work with music, theatre, dance and visual art. Shuster is currently a lecturer in the Music Department at SU, where he has served since 2011. He holds degrees from Kutztown University and Louisiana State University.