Introduction to Stage Audio

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Course Description:
This course is an introduction to audio productions and reinforcement for the stage. Students will learn how to use and maintain audio equipment; record and edit sound effects; and mixing live sound. Emphasis will be placed on digital audio techniques and equipment. In addition to lecture, there will be production hours outside of class.

Course Details


Connie Smith
Building X, Office:  X223


Required textbooks/ course materials:

The Norton Anthology of Drama, Vol I and II. 3rd ed. 2013. J. Ellen Gainor, Stanton B. Garner Jr. & Martin Puchner. Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.  ISBN: 9780393283495.

Talbot-Smith, Michael. Sound Engineer’s Pocket Book. 2nd ed. Taylor & Francis.  ISBN: 9780240516127.

Sauls, Samuel J., and Craig A. Stark. Audio Production Worktext: Concepts, Techniques, and Equipment. 7th ed. Focal Press. ISBN: 9781138839458 


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

College-Level Competency: Interpret, evaluate, and appreciate works of human culture

H-1      Compare works of the humanities (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film, theatre and/or music) in various cultures or literary movements

H-2      Analyze artistic expressions (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film, theatre and/or music)

H-3      Communicate informed responses to works of the humanities (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film, theatre and/or music)

H-4      Explain thematic connections among works of the humanities (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film, theatre and/or music)


Theatre Studies Competency: Interpret, evaluate, and appreciate dramatic texts, the methods by which dramatic texts are realized in production, and engage in the collaborative communication and processes of theatre production.

Th-1:   Identify aspects of the theatrical production process including performance, directing, design, technical production, marketing, and management.

Th-2:   Analyze dramatic texts and theatrical productions.

Th-3:   Apply performance and/or production practices through work on various theatrical productions.

Th-4:   Demonstrate knowledge of the history, literature, theories, and skills needed for advanced study or a career in theatre arts and entertainment industry.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level Student Learning ObjectivesDiscipline-Specific 
Learning Outcomes
Assessment Methods
Discover principles of human hearing, properties of sound, and audio equipment H1, H2, Th1, Th2, Th4 Homework, Quizzes, Test, Cumulative Final, Projects, Practicum
Define vocabulary associated with audio production and support for the theatre Th1, Th2, Th3, Th4  
Analyze dramatic texts, genres, and theatre history as it relates to stage audio H1, H2, H3, H4, Th1, Th2, Th4  
Demonstrate the skills required to create sound effects, set up audio system, and mix live sound for a theatrical production Th1, Th3, Th4  
Analyze technical audio production process from script to implementation H1, H2, H3, H4, Th1, Th2  
Employ the skills and professional demeanor essential for effective participation on audio crew Th1, Th3, Th4  



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  1. Assigned readings of text, plays, and outside sources
  2. Class lecture, notes, handouts, and practicum.
  3. Quizzes, exams, and practical assessments.
  4. Participation on a technical crew for a production.
  5. Attend one theatrical production outside of Chipola College.


College-wide policies and resources

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