By Micheaux Fortson
The LBCC Board of Trustees took a vote on Jan. 23 to discontinue the audio production program and all classes in commercial music production.
“There is a distinction between academic music production that is set up for students who intend to transfer to a University program to pursue a bachelor’s degree or a higher degree in music. The recording engineer and commercial music programs were designed to be Career and technical programs for Certification, not for transfer,” said Marshall Fulbright, Music and Radio and Television Department head. “The Commercial Music is there so that students will gather skills and go out to work.”
“The music program is not being discontinued. Portions of our commercial music program (audio and music production) are being discontinued,” said Fulbright.
The decision comes indeed as a disappointment for students who intend to transfer and were dependent upon the access to recording studios on campus to create demos for their transfer requirements.
As a music major who plans to transfer, Sarah Twilly has to prepare recordings to send to prospective schools.“The cost of studio time and an engineer to complete this project is steep for a college student,” Twilly said.
Twilly added that recording students have to complete a project during the semester. Students must fulfill the requirement by recording pre-screen and audition CDs for music majors,
“It’s an invaluable resource for transferring music majors,” Twilly said.
For some, this is a huge challenge. For others, it may mean nothing because they are not affected. However, there is an applied program that is available for students who feel they need to have these resources.
Fulbright explained, “Although the program has been successful, the determination was not based on the amount of success. Roger Dee, music and theater major, said “I am worried that all my efforts will be a waste. It is unfair that we put in all our time toward a degree and then find ourselves unable to complete them because the programs may be cut,” Recording students have played a role in helping the choral music program review their rehearsals near the end of the semester.
Doug wood, radio and television major who went through the commercial music program said, “It will be a loss for students who need those kinds of classes in order to obtain a job and improve their tech skills.” Peter Knapp, music theory teacher, academic music transfer students have occasionally asked to have recording students record their demos for their transfer requirements. This cooperation seemed to be helpful and convenient.
Knapp said “We will notice direct affects in the recording of concerts. However, there is no direct overlap. It’s really unfortunate and sad to see any active program get cut like this.”