Five UAB students majoring in music technology have successfully passed the Avid Pro Tools certification exam. While many students successfully complete the music technology program in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Department of Music, only an elite few also complete the Avid certification training and certification, explains University Professor Henry Panion III, Ph.D., director of the program.
The Avid-certified students are Philip Clark, Jason Turner, A. J. Pilkerton, Michael Morris, and Ian Keel. These students join a select group of music technology students to achieve this prestigious certification since UAB was designated as Avid Learning Partner (ALP) in 2012.
The UAB music technology degree program is among a few in the Southeast designated as an ALP program with Avid-certified instructors providing training on these tools and more.
The certification training and examination combine practical skills for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering music for various applications such as film soundtracks, commercial music and live-sound reinforcement. The certification examination includes with a theoretical comprehensive written exam for which the highest level of mastery must be achieved. This level of training and examination gives assurance to the industry that certified users have knowledge of the technology and can better perform at a professional level.
“It is impossible to hear a major recording or see a Hollywood movie where Avid Pro Tools is not used in the recording and editing of everything from the dialogue and sound effects to the movie soundtrack,” Panion says. “Certification is a designation that industry professionals seek when looking for future interns and employees and gives UAB students an advantage out the door.”
Learn more about the UAB Music Technology Program.