Digital Music Production

Extension courses are open to both Pacific Ridge students and students from other schools. 

Tuesdays, September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Time: 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Fee: $290 for 8-week course
Instructor: Ryan Crosthwaite

Course Description

Understanding how to create, edit, and manipulate electronic music is becoming increasingly important in modern music making. Students enrolled in the Digital Music Production class will get hands on experience working with Garageband, but will quickly transition into Apple’s Logic Studio - a more advanced version and professional grade version of Garageband. Students will learn how to create a song from the ground up, how to incorporate a plethora of instruments and sound effects into a single song, how to mix audio so that it becomes a cohesive whole, and how to use simple effects and plugins within songs. This class will prepare aspiring students to enroll in and successfully pass the high school Digital Music classes at Pacific Ridge School. No former experience is necessary.

About the Instructor

Ryan Crosthwaite is a local professional pianist who currently is working on his Master’s degree in Piano Performance at San Diego State University. He also has a background in music production and sound reinforcement, having studied both at MiraCosta College. Ryan is a continual user of Garageband and Logic, often using both pieces of software for instrumental scores for local businesses on their websites and social media. For the past 7 years, Ryan has made a living working for himself as an educator, accompanist, and composer. He is best described as gentle but firm in his approach to teaching and he enjoys encouraging his students to reach their highest potential.


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