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High school students explored the fundamentals of sound, audio recording and sound design for film at Point Park University's 2017 Sound Camp for Musicians and Filmmakers.

During the five-day workshop led by Associate Professor Andrew Halasz, students gained hands-on experience in Point Park's state-of-the-art Ben Burtt sound suite working on three projects:

  • Collecting sound effects to create musical pieces with sound.
  • Recording a song with a professional musician/songwriter.
  • Recording dialog and sound effects for a scene from a film.

"My favorite part of the week was learning the basics of using Avid Protools and getting hands-on guidance of what to do," said Spencer Tye, a senior from Perrysburg High School in Perrysburg, Ohio. "It surprised me how hands-on Andrew was in class. I loved having him there to help me better shape my work."

In addition to the workshop, students got a taste of the college experience by living on campus and enjoying all that Downtown Pittsburgh has to offer.

First-Person: Feedback from Sound Camp Participants


Pictured is Olivia Lapikas. Photo | Gina Puppo

Olivia Lapikas

Sharpsville High School
Dream Job: Music Teacher

"I chose to attend sound camp because in the line of working with music that I'm going into, I felt that I should know how to operate a sound board. My favorite part of the week was adding sound to animations/scenes that we got to pick out."

Pictured is James Purdy. Photo | Gina Puppo

James Purdy

North Allegheny High School
Dream Job: Music Producer

"Overall, I would say this is a wonderful opportunity for anyone willing to take it. My favorite part of the week was recording and mixing a song with an artist. It gave me a taste of what it's like to record and work with an artist on a professional level, and I got to experience what it could be like as a music producer - my dream job."

Pictured is Spencer Tye. Photo | Gina PuppoSpencer Tye

Perrysburg High School
Dream Job: Post-Production Sound Designer

"It was awesome being on a college campus for the week! This was my first real college experience. It was super cool to have the opportunity to live in the dorms and have a roommate. Being able to live on my own and walk around the city/campus was great."

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Video and photos by Annie Brewer, junior cinema production major

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