The Blackbird Academy Announces the Graduation of Their Inaugural Studio Engineering Class

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Eighteen students receive diplomas in graduation ceremony.

The sky is the limit for these unstoppable graduates! - Carma Bandstra, Director of Student Operations

Diplomas were awarded to students of The Blackbird Academy on Saturday, March 29th at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, TN. The ceremony was heavily attended by friends and family of the students who traveled to Nashville from all over North America.

Co-Director of Education, Mark Rubel, gave an encouraging speech to the students while the official commencement speech came from Institutional Director, John McBride. Along with a diploma, each graduate had the choice of receiving a Shure SM57 or an SM58 microphone. Michael Freeman was the recipient of the prestigious Platinum Award which is presented to one student from each Studio Engineering class. After a brief break, graduates will be starting internships at studios in multiple locations.

Carma Bandstra, Director of Student Operations said, "We are very proud of what this first class has accomplished and experienced in their time at The Blackbird Academy. The sky is the limit for these unstoppable graduates!"

The Blackbird Academy will begin new Studio Engineering and Live Sound Engineering Classes on April 7th, July 7th and October 6th.

About The Blackbird Academy

The Blackbird Academy Professional School of Audio is a post-secondary, mentor-based educational facility, offering Studio Engineering & Live Sound Engineering Programs where students are taught by professional instructors and award winning guest lecturers. Each of the programs is six months in length, with four start dates per year. Maximum enrollment is 30 students per class.

The Blackbird Academy is built on the foundation of Blackbird Studio, the Nashville home to a community of engineers, producers, musicians and technical staff who over the years have taken the art of audio recording to new heights. Blackbird Studio, under the ownership/leadership of John and Martina McBride, has become the leading recording studio in the country. John’s love for Audio and Education led him to create The Blackbird Academy in 2013.

The principles and beliefs that guide the Academy's programs are simple: Challenge and educate students by presenting them with real life scenarios that an engineer/producer would encounter on a daily basis; and train students in studios and labs that are professionally designed for engineers to hone their craft.

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