Saturday, October 21, 3:15 pm — 4:45 pm
It’s a golden age of for-profit trade schools and vocational training. Regardless, while institutions flourish, graduates continue to emerge without having learned some of the most rudimentary aspects of audio engineering and production. The Blackbird Academy was founded by recording and live sound engineer John McBride and his wife, country artist Martina McBride, to prepare students for careers in music production and live sound in the best possible way: via mentor-based training. There is a need for a new model in education which gives students access to true working professionals and hands-on experience using a world-class collection of gear in facilities designed for one purpose: making excellent music. This expert-laden panel will explore two fundamental questions: what aren’t audio students being taught, and why not?