Rick Schmunk, chair of USC Thornton’s Music Technology Program, and Jazz Studies alum Daniel Weidlein (BM ‘12) offered their thoughts on music education and production during the pandemic in a recent article on MajoringinMusic.com.
Schmunk says that for students of music production and technology, the skills they learn in the classroom give them a leg up in the new paradigm of producing music remotely. “Music production students are already adept at working in-the-box (as we say) and working collaboratively,” he said. “The only difference is that they are working remotely with their collaborators.”
Weidlein, who operates his own production and recording studio called BioSoul Music, notes how these new circumstances are a unique opportunity for students to learn to adapt to what was already becoming the norm in the industry. “The reality is that most recording projects are happening at home or in smaller project studios (like mine) all around the world,” Weidlein said.