Goals & Purpose of the DARA Program

Max& Anne 327 x 240The goal of the Digital Audio Recording Arts program at USF is to produce musically sophisticated and sensitive professionals who have sufficient technical knowledge to excel in the technology based production industry, helping to define quality using both musical and technical criteria. The USF DARA student will acquire the knowledge, principles and practices of engineering methodology and creative music production techniques to permit them to adapt quickly and effectively to the rapidly changing world of music creation, production and distribution.

Put simply, DARA students will study the architecture of 21st century Music Production using Audio Loops, MIDI composition and Traditional Audio capturing, editing, mixing and mastering using our excellent facilities which include, state of the art Digital Audio Workstations with a myriad of embedded plug-ins and virtual instruments, our extensive microphones selection, tracking room, booths and control room and editing suite, as well as gaining a comprehensive understanding of the architecture of Music which include Melodic, Harmonic, Rhythmic, Key, Modal, Composition, and Orchestration to name a few.


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Who are the DARA classes for?

Musicians i.e., Instrumentalist, Singer, Session Musician, Composer, Orchestrator, Arranger, Conductor, Studio/ Audio engineer, Mastering Engineer, Record Producer, Live sound engineer, Roadie / Technician / Repairman, Film/TV editor, Sound designer, Studio Owner, Independent Label Owner, Manager, Music Educators/ Instructors, Accompanist, Music Entrepreneur,Music Directors, Music Therapist, Music Publisher, Booking Agent, Music Attorney, A&R Arts Manager, Music Accountant, Voice Coach, Acoustical Engineer, Disc Jockey, Music Advisor, Music Librarian, Music Promoter, Music Agent, Music Marketing Specialist, Music Author / Journalist, Music Editor, Music Photographer, Music Copyist, Music Supervisor, Music Gear Software Developer, Publicist, Social Media Manager for a music related business, Video Directors, Distributor, Music Retail Manager, Music Equipment Sales, TV/Radio Program Coordinator, Recreation Director, Instrument builders, Score Library Owner, etc.


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Employers: 1st and foremost yourself as a Music Entrepreneur, Record Companies/Labels, Recording Studios, TV Studios, Radio Stations, Music Publishers, Film Production Companies, Gaming Industry, Bands/Groups, Symphonies, Opera, Ballet and Theatre Orchestras, Schools, Colleges and Universities, Dinner Clubs, Lounges, Music Instrument Manufactures, Music Retailers and Wholesalers, Civic and Community Centers, Armed Forces, Churches, Booking Agency, Marketing Firm