USC Thornton Popular Music students working with Alan Parsons at Village Studios

Alan Parsons at USC

Strengthening ASSR’s ties with music and recording technology institutions, on Nov 5th & 6th 2011 students at the USC Thornton Popular Music Program in Los Angeles will get to work with Alan Parsons at the prestigious Village Studios in West LA.

Over two days Alan will discuss his recording and production career and then conduct a recording session of an original song performed by some of the students. This session will provide a hands-on learning experience for students and introduce fundamental recording, arranging, production, and mixing techniques.

Chris Sampson, Associate Dean and Director of the Popular Music at USC Thornton, says the opportunity for students to work with Alan Parsons is unique. “Alan Parsons is one of the most highly regarded producers in music,” says Sampson. “Our students will have the chance to work directly with him and learn from one of the greats.”

These sessions are part of a required class for Popular Music majors at USC called the Popular Music Forum. Popular Music Forum is a guest artist series designed to give insights into the music industry and profession. Other guest artists who are a part of the course this fall include Fred Wreck (producer with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg), Glenn Frey (co-founder of the Eagles), Linda Perry (hit songwriter and producer), Trevor Rabin (film composer), Tena Clark (CEO of DMI Music and Media Solutions), Darrell Brown (hit songwriter and producer), and Tom Johnston (co-founder of the Doobie Brothers).

USC Thornton’s Popular Music Program is unique within the music conservatory model and created as a rich multi-disciplinary hub for rock, pop, R&B, folk, Latin, and country artists. Set within the vibrant creative center of Los Angeles, the program ushers students into all the facets of the pop music scene, and the Forum is an integral part of that goal.

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“It’s vital that university programs try to connect with the real world of music and recording technology,” says ASSR producer Julian Colbeck. ”In Los Angeles it’s great to see USC taking advantage of their location and actively involving people who have already achieved so much in this industry. Acknowledging the past–in a time when music also had a business attached to it–strikes me as a very positive move towards ensuring that students enrolled in these types of program actually have a future.”

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