How does a song idea make its way from a composer’s imagination to a CD that plays on your home stereo or computer? How do choices regarding instrumentation, song structure, sonic identity, and musical performance bring a song to life? In what ways do those choices affect how a piece of music is experienced? Throughout this course we’ll be thinking about those questions as we explore the various stages of the song production process and the tools used to record a piece of popular music. Starting with one original song, you will be creating arrangements, developing listening skills, recording instruments, learning to shape performances, and studying the work of successful record producers.