Music Production and Recording Arts Assessment

  • Updated 12/3/2021
    What is the Music Pathway?

    Music Production and Recording Arts (MPRA) is a pathway within the Performing Arts Academy that is designed for students who wish to explore the intersection of music and technology. The curriculum in this pathway creates a solid foundation both in musicianship and technology with coursework focused on music theory, aural skills, applied music performance, introduction to music technology, recording studio techniques, and music production. 
     
    Students in the Music Production and Recording Arts pathway will build music literacy in their first year of study in music theory and performance ensembles such as class piano, symphonic band or chorus. Technology, production, and recording coursework will follow in subsequent years, along with the continued participation in performance ensembles and options for higher-level study in areas such as music theory/composition and film production. Successful completion of the coursework in this pathway provides students with a well-rounded music background and the technical skills needed to pursue undergraduate programs in music, the music industry, and music production.
     
     
    The MPRA Pathway will be accepting students for the 2022-2023 school year. Students accepted into the pathway should expect to take courses in music theory, numerous instrumental or choral classes, and technology and music engineering classes during their CATA experience. 

    Students looking to enter CATA’s MPRA Academy must complete an assessment to see if you meet the following requirements:

    1. The student should play a musical instrument or is a vocalist
    2. The student can read sheet music/tab/or fingering charts
    3. The student must have an interest in recording technology and digital media arts

    The assessment will include the following:

    1. Instrumental students will perform 2 scales
    2. Choral students will perform a verse of My Country Tis of Thee
    3. If the student doesn’t play any instruments or sing but has experience working with music software (ex. Fl Studio, Garageband, etc) they may submit audio files of their projects

    Click here for complete directions on what to record

    Important Dates:

    The CATA Application window will be from February 7- March 6.

    All audition video submissions for Performing Arts Academies will be accepted from February 7- March 4.