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Behind the Microphone: Preparing to Record Classical Music

With Grammy® Nominated James Whitbourn
January 22 to March 12, 2018

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This course presents the essential philosophical and practical knowledge required to approach the recording as a performer. Offered to all classical performing musicians, students or teachers who are considering making a music recording (audio or audio/visual), or who are already involved in recordings either commercially or for reasons of education or career development.

  • Learn approaches and skills under the tutelage of James Whitbourn
  • Read, discuss and critically analyze self-made recordings with other class students
  • Begin the practical steps needed to prepare for your recording projects
  • Prepare, perform and produce a recording for YouTube video upload, an audio download release or a demonstration, educational or commercial CD.
  • Suitable for all performers of acoustic (non-electronic) instruments or vocalists who perform in genres of classical or jazz.
  • Students require access to a domestic-standard recording device such as an iPad or other tablet.

NOTE: This course is designed for performing musicians (instrumental and vocal) and not for recording engineers.

Tuition:
$650 (Course not available for graduate credit)


“This online course met all my hopes and expectations well. I learned more about the recording process and how to think more critically about recording.”

“A valuable experience being able to discuss questions and learn from an experienced recording artist.”


About the instructor

James Whitbourn is a member of the Faculty of Music at the University of Oxford. He graduated from the University of Oxford before becoming a practitioner and researcher in the fields of composition, conducting and production.

Between 2011 and 2013, he received three GRAMMY® nominations for his work as composer and producer and has gained many other awards for his broadcasts and recordings as composer, conductor and producer. In 2012, James was appointed to a Research Fellowship at St Stephen’s House, Oxford, where he oversees the college’s summer music education programme including a course for international choral conductors, the Choral Institute at Oxford, which he co-directs.

The foundation of his compositional style was shaped both by his formative study at Oxford and by his work in broadcasting. Whilst working at the BBC, he developed compositional techniques to communicate with broad audiences, especially within the genre of Events and Religious Broadcasting. From 1990 to 2001 he served as Editor of BBC Radio 3’s weekly Choral Evensong series before beginning an association with the Royal Opera House for whom he has produced scores of recordings for television, DVD and cinema, alongside many audio discs. He has produced the BBC Christmas broadcasts from the Chapel of King’s College Cambridge since 1990. These roles, together with involvement in similar audio and audio-visual recording projects based within other European opera houses and at other significant venues, have formed the basis of much of his teaching on performance in the context of recording, in particular his Honours course devised for and taught at Royal Holloway, University of London.