Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

WHAT IS A LIVE SOUND ENGINEER?

It's said that good sound can make a performance and bad sound can break it.

Live sound mix engineers meet with the band before the show to perform sound check, where they coordinate with the band about sound-oriented goals and concerns and make initial adjustments to volume, balance, and EQ. In the midst of the performance, live sound mix engineers continue to make adjustments on the fly, using their phenomenal ears, knowledge of mixing consoles, and quick thinking to ensure that both performers and audience members hear what they need to.

There are two primary roles fulfilled by live mix engineers: front of house engineer and monitor mix engineer. The FOH (front of house) engineer, who works at a mixing board located in the audience, controls the sound heard by the audience through the venue’s main speakers. On the other hand, the monitor engineer, stationed at a soundboard on the side of the stage, ensures that the performers are able to hear proper mixes clearly through the floor or in-ear monitors.
 

WHAT IS A LIGHTING TECHNICIAN?

Lighting technicians employ high-level skills to prepare, rig, operate and maintain stage lighting systems and electrical effects. They produce the lighting effects seen in live theatre productions and their work can range from operating strobes, lasers and pyrotechnics to providing basic spotlighting depending on the production.

Lighting technicians work closely with lighting designers, sound technicians, the director and the stage manager to combine their skills and help create the live theatre experience.
 

HOW AM I LEARNING, HOW IS IT STRUCTURED?

Our hands-on, project-based assignments and workshops are designed to get you attuned to working as a professional within a professional environment. You receive private classes in the our state-of-the-art facilities which are reinforced with lessons in our comprehensive eBook. With us, you learn at the pace of one lesson per week. The work is intensive and structured to get you thinking and building the foundation you need to achieve your goals. Furthermore, you’re training in an environment where you get to learn theory and practice in-tandem. When you have questions about something complex, your mentor is there to answer your questions, in depth. For many, this is where the real learning and understanding takes place.
 

Do I need experience to be accepted?

No. You need a good attitude, a sense of responsibility, and a hard work ethic. Your acceptance depends on you making a lasting first impression with your prospective mentor. Our admissions staff will help you prepare for this meeting.

how long does the program last?

Most of our programs are designed to last six months. Your length of time may vary based on the time you make available for your studies. A list of all our programs is here.

how long does the program last?

We’ve had students in their early teens to well into their sixties and older. If you are under 18 you will need to have your parent or legal guardian approve your application. We strongly encourage applicants to get their parents involved so that we may answer any and all of their questions.

HOW DOES THIS COMPARE TO ORDINARY SCHOOLS?

You have the opportunity to learn one-on-one and in group sessions.

  • Your classroom is a live sound facility, not a campus lab.

  • Flexible class time—in most instances we can work your education around any job or study commitments you have.

  • Costs and expenses are reasonable and affordable.

I’m interested. What’s the best way to get started?

Whether you’re ready to enroll or are just seeking more information, the quickest way to reach us is to call 631-559-5206. Speak to one of our knowledgeable team members for help.