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Music Theory, Technology and Production


This program allows you to explore aspects such as rhythm, melody, harmony, scales, tonal systems, intervals, and ear training. You will also focus on creating music electronically, which is universally applicable to the creation of every musical genre today. This program can give you a huge advantage when applying to music universities and colleges and through this week-long class students will create numerous compositions in differing genres.

Learn from professionals

The Music Theory, Technology and Production course will be taught by Skip Lewan who graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music. Skip has worked with award-winning composer Yuval Ron, on the Color Therapy project by Samsung, and has composed original scores for award-winning films. He is a member of the Boston-based vocal group Green Line X-Tension as well as the pianist at the King’s Chapel in downtown Boston.

Broaden your skills in the industry

In today’s music industry it is rare to find an artist who writes all of their own music, and with the innovations in music technology, new genres of music and ways of composition have emerged. This class will analyze and explore some of these changes and how they have affected the music we listen to today. Students will use Logic Pro, a music industry standard program, to create music in many different genres.

Explore the music industry

In this class students will analyze music from many different genres to identify techniques and methods used in both composition and production.

Develop your skills in:

Rhythm, melody, harmony, scales, tonal systems, intervals, ear training, composition, orchestration, mixing, mastering, and sequencing.


Quick facts

Who is it for? The course is aimed at any student aged 14 to 17 years who is interested in music. Completion of the course can enable progression on to our two year High School Diploma Foundation (subject to meeting minimum entry requirements)
Age 14-17
Language level requirements TOEFL 50+ or equivalent
Maximum class size 10
Availability CATS Boston
Accommodation Single en-suite room
Catering Meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Excursions Saturday excursions are included in the fees with pack lunch provided
Price $2,075 per week (includes airport transfers and registration fee)

Subjects

Music theory

Orchestration

Students will learn about instrumentation, transposition, scoring and arranging.

Composition

Students will create melody, harmony, rhythm.

Music technology & production

Orchestration

Students will learn about instrumentation, transposition, scoring and arranging.

Composition

Students will create melody, harmony, rhythm.

Sequencing and mixing

Students will learn these skills with the digital music composition program Logic Pro.

Sample timetable

Day 9:00-12:00 12:00-13:00 13:00-16:00
  Music Theory   Music Technology and Production
Monday Harmony Lunch Composition
Tuesday Scales Lunch Orchestration
Wednesday Tonal systems Lunch Mixing
Thursday Intervals Lunch Mastering
Friday Rhythm Lunch Sequencing
Saturday Full day of trips and excursions e.g. local activity centers, shopping and local points of interest
Sunday Transfers and departures

This sample timetable is illustrative and is subject to change. We reserve the right to amend this schedule without prior notice.

 

Skip Lewan
Music Teacher
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Skip Lewan

Music Teacher

BA, Film Scoring & Composition, Berklee College of Music

Roland 'Skip' Lewan is a musician and composer from Georgia who has brought his passion for music to CATS Academy. He a gigging musician and his instruments include piano, saxophone, and voice. Currently Skip is a worship director at the Kings Chapel as well as a vocalist in the group Green Line X-tension. He received his undergraduate in Film Scoring and Composition from Berklee College of Music. Skip has interned with award-winning composer Yuval Ron, in Los Angeles, where he worked on the project, Color Therapy for Samsung which was launched in London, Vancouver, Bangalore, New York City, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Montreal, Paris, and Shanghai. He started the Music Industry program at CATS Academy which integrates music technology and the current state of the music industry into composition, production, and artist management.