Electronic Music Recording Arts (EMRA)

Electronic Music Recording Arts at MacPhail

How Do You Hear the World?

MacPhail’s EMRA program delivers instruction in a wide range of skills, concepts, and techniques associated with contemporary music-making and traditional styles.

EMRA’s approach is to provide students with the tools and techniques to help create, produce and realize musical ambitions.

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About EMRA

Offering electronic music options for all ages, beginner to advanced…

EMRA offers in-person and online one-on-one instruction for all platforms, from Mac to PC, desktop, laptop, and mobile devices. We will work within your technological means and customize a specific learning experience.

Along with individual lessons on piano, voice, guitar, and drums, EMRA specializes in instruction in multitrack recording, electronic music production, mixing and mastering, beat making, DJing, film scoring, sound design, Hip Hop production, and electroacoustic composition.

A state-of-the-art on-site studio, along with world-class instructors, helps students acquire the tools to create and produce their own personal, culturally relevant music. By giving voice to the stories and music of their imagination, EMRA students experience music-making as a vehicle for holistic growth and development.

  • Multitrack recording
  • Electronic music production
  • Mixing
  • Mastering
  • Beat making
  • DJing
  • Remixing
  • Sound design
  • Hip Hop production
  • Mobile music making
  • Electroacoustic composition

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Studio 209

Creative musicians need creative spaces. EMRA’s state-of-the-art studio along with world class instructors assist beginners to seasoned professionals in developing and expanding their music technology skills and creativity. Students are taught to use industry standard software, along with a host of other applications and technologies, to gain the knowledge and know-how to create their own music and better understand the practices that form the foundation of electronic music production.

Studio 209 features a Steinway L Grand Piano, Yamaha SY90 Keyboard, Allen & Heath Digital Mixer, and includes instruction in ProTools, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, FL Studio, Traktor Pro, and more.

How To Get Started

Complete our online placement form to begin the placement process!

Contact Michael Cain, EMRA program director, for more information.

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EMRA Faculty

Welcome new faculty!

Terrell Woods / Carnage The Executioner has spent almost 30 years making music, motivational speaking, performing live as a one-man band, touring the world, and working with youth and adults from various socio-economic backgrounds. He possesses a knack for producing intense, thought-provoking music and establishing strong, healthy relationships. 16 years of teaching human beatboxing/vocal percussion, songwriting, and composing short stage plays have helped Terrell build an impressive artist resume that extends all the way to Europe (5 tours between 2011 and 2013) and Asia (toured in 2018). Terrell stands firm in his support and practice of positive self-expression and nurturing leadership skills building. He also speaks in favor of social justice, human rights, and advocacy for the lives and well-being of animals. Terrell encourages mentees to seek personal and artistic growth through education and music – just as he has done for himself. He emits heart-warming, down-to-earth energy when speaking on his experiences around living in poverty and surviving all forms of abuse – as well as growing up in the foster care system as a youth, in welcoming settings. Terrell’s professional services are highly-respected wherever they are implemented. Even though he plays over 100 live shows a year, Terrell still finds time to teach private lessons, book his own national tours, and be a father.

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