Bruce Arnold and MP-AT Team Prepare Musicians for 21st Century Success

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The Bruce Arnold Foundation and Music Performance and Technology (MP-AT) presents a series of workshops for guitar bass and drums, focusing on technique and overall musicianship this July, with a special emphasis on Music Technology.

Music Performance and Audio Technology

Music Performance and Audio Technology

“Having someone there to show you the ropes for an application is much easier then trying to dig through a manual.”

Technology shapes our lives. We use it to build homes, treat illness, stay connected, and make music. That’s where the Bruce Arnold Foundation comes in.

Music Performance and Audio Technology (MP-AT) is hosting a Intensive Workshop, held in New York City July 25-27, which is returning for its second year with a new and increasingly relevant component: technology.

The workshop, sponsored by the Bruce Arnold Foundation, spans three days and offers master classes, lessons, and performances by educators Bruce Arnold, Jane Getter, Alex Skolnick, Kim Plainfield, and Jerry DeVore. Genres covered will be jazz, metal, rock, blues, and country. The Workshops will be held at the Modulus studios, 251 W 30th St, 6th floor, in New York.

Arnold is an accomplished guitarist and educator, has created over 300 music education materials for musicians. In 2014, Arnold founded the Bruce Arnold Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps make music education more accessible, relevant, and useful to aspiring musicians.

Getter, a seasoned guitarist, teacher, performer, and award-winning composer, will demonstrate her expertise in blues and rock. Taking care of the speed-metal side is guitarist Skolnick, who has also made his reputation with rock and jazz. He and Plainfield, a performer and professor of percussion for over 20 years, will provide technique instruction.

A jazz artist on the bass, and an adept in music technology, DeVore created and directed the Music Technology degree program for four years at Iowa Western College. This summer, he will hold a class each day devoted to a different technology, such as the Fishman Triple Play interface for guitar, which connects computer and guitar to store, share, notate, and even alter the guitar’s sound. Other applications on the docket are Finale and Sibelius (music notation programs) and Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), including Ableton Live and Pro Tools, which single handedly allows the musician to perform, record, edit, and mix audio.

Being personally instructed how to use these technologies is important for students. Arnold says, “Having someone there to show you the ropes for an application is much easier then trying to dig through a manual. All it takes is one part of the setup that you don’t understand and it can can take you hours to try to troubleshoot the problem.”

Best of all, the sessions will be recorded and made available to students online for future reference.

Arnold, who has spent over 30 years developing his teaching methods, believes that understanding such technology is essential for musical success in this century. He speaks to its ability to simplify the musician’s life and even land a career in “helping others realize their music.”

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