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New Classes for Teens in Audio Engineering

New Classes for Teens in Audio Engineering

Beginner Classes Start Feb. 16
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Applications are open now for instructional workshops in music production for teenagers presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

The workshops are an expansion of a program we piloted last spring to teach the fundamentals of audio engineering in two environments – recording studios and live events such as concerts or festivals.

The workshops are open to students between the ages of 13 and 17, and are made possible with support by a grant from the Country Music Association Foundation. Classes will take place on Saturdays at the Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart Street).

New this year:

  • The workshops will take place weekly, rather than monthly.
  • Classes for introductory students (Level 1) will start Feb. 16 and will continue through March. All new students must commit to attending all five Level 1 classes.
  • Students who complete Level 1 classes (and those who have studied with us previously) will have the option to advance to Level 2 classes, which will be held during a week-long intensive session June 3-7.
  • Rather than making students choose between studio recording and live event sound production, we’ll now combine classes so that all students will gain exposure to both.
  • We’re adding opportunities for students to gain practical experience at concerts and festivals produced by the Jazz & Heritage Foundation and in the recording studio at the Jazz & Heritage Center.

The workshops are free, but enrollment is limited and students must be able to attend each Saturday Feb. 16 through March 23 (except for March 2).

For more on how to join the workshops, please see our online application form here.

The workshops are part of an ongoing effort by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation – the nonprofit that owns Jazz Fest – to increase arts education opportunities for young people. They expand on the growing repertoire of classes the Foundation presents in the state-of-the-art education facility the foundation opened in 2015, the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center.

“Since the Jazz & Heritage Center came online, we have continually increased our educational programming to make this incredible resource available to more young people in our community,” said Don Marshall, Executive Director of the Jazz & Heritage Foundation. “First, we doubled the size of our flagship program, the Heritage School of Music, from 50 to 100 students per week. Then we doubled it again by adding new classes for beginners – and providing free instruments.

“We put all sorts of audio technology in the building with the goal of turning it into a hub of education – not just in music performance, but in the technical side of music as well,” Marshall added. “By adding these new workshops – and holding them in the same building at the same time – we’re taking another step in that direction.”

The workshops will be taught by Chris Finney, a Grammy-winning producer, engineer and mixer, and the Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s Production Manager, Jason Doyle, and Assistant Production Manager, Khalid Hafiz.

  • Level 1 students will meet on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., February 16-March 23. Level 1 students will: learn to manage cables, understand basic signal flow and basic acoustics, identify types of microphones and understand phantom power, be given introductions to the mixing console, multi-tracking, monitors, and be able to understand the difference between monitors and headphones.
  • Level 2 students will participate in a week-long summer intensive on June 3-7. Classes will meet each day that week from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Qualified students in Level 2 will also be invited to participate in additional opportunities to gain practical experience. Level 2 students will: learn to set up and run a basic PA system, learn how to prep for a gig and prepare an input list, understand patching and line checking, learn how to mic instruments, learn how to open a Pro-Tools digital recording session on a computer.
  • Level 3 students will be engaged through internship and practical experience opportunities throughout the Heritage School of Music's spring semester (February 16-May 5). Participants in Level 3 will: be prepared with measurable skills to work in the industry at an entry level.

Please contact the Jazz & Heritage Foundation by calling (504) 558-6112, or by sending an email to

These educational programs are presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, with support from the Country Music Association Foundation. The Jazz & Heritage Foundation is the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other raised funds, for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. For more, please see

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.