EST. 1985

The Audio Production Course takes place in a working studio (Studio 501) and is designed to give the student hands-on experience in producing and engineering music. It is a highly specialized program focused on all technical aspects of sound production. This is a 12 week course that covers 3 main focus areas: Pro Tools 101, Audio Production & Spiritual Development. The first area of focus is Pro Tools, which is one of the best sounding, most widely-used audio production software in the industry; it enables you to record, compose, edit, and mix with great speed and ease. The second area of focus is Audio Production; in this part of the school students can expect to learn all about hardware equipment used in a recording school as well as in live shows. They will learn terminology which is vital for communication when working with producers, musicians, and other engineers. By the end of the school students will have a solid foundation for working in a recording studio. The third focus is spiritual development; throughout the course students will grow in a number of ways on a spiritual level with teachings such as: Walking in your Calling, Conflict Resolution, Personality Testing, Difficult Questions of Christianity, and Missions in the Entertainment Industry. The primary purpose of Studio 501 is to facilitate those with a desire to serve God in this field by imparting not only technical skills but also social and spiritual knowledge to work with others in the entertainment industry at a professional level.

Lecture Phase

Hands-on learning, we cover all theory and practical work in this phase.

Pro Tools

One of the main focuses of the APC is to teach Pro Tools. We will be using Avid’s Pro Tools official courseware during the 3 months. Pro tools is some of the most widely used recording software on the market today and at the end of this course you will have a strong grasp of how to use this powerful tool.

Audio Production

In this part of the course students can expect to learn all about hardware equipment used in a recording school as well as in live music. They will learn terminology which is vital for communication when working with producers, musicians, and other engineers. By the end of the course students will have a solid foundation for working in a recording studio. They will also learn the basics of music theory and will run live sound at our Thursday Night Meetings. There will also be an opportunity to work with and record our DTS Music Track.

Spiritual Development

This part of the course is the main reason we are even learning Pro Tools and Audio Production. We want to see students who are well equipped with all of the technical knowledge they can receive in order to “GO” and make Jesus’ known in the music industry. Our goal is to see students discipled and equipped in order to be a light in such a dark industry.

Work Duties

At YWAM Montana we believe in a servant-hearted attitude and lifestyle. So as a part of the APC curriculum, you will serve in different areas on our campus for 6 hours a week. You will serve in areas like: Meal prep, Meal clean-up, housekeeping, facilities/Maintenance, etc.

Worship & Intercession

Time spent in corporate worship and intercession with the rest of the YWAM campus staff and students.

School Leaders

StevePraetzel

Steve Praetzel

I began working nights and weekends in a local recording studio while on staff with YWAM, Idaho. After 4 years there, my wife, Lisa, and I were called to join YWAM in Lakeside. I have been able to serve in our recording studio since 1990. In addition to overseeing Studio 501, I also served as the director of our arts department and head of our security team for 7 years. In 1992, I began teaching and was challenged to establish the School of Audio Engineering & Production with the goal of releasing audio engineers and music producers into the music industry as missionaries. In addition, I have had the opportunity to engineer hundreds of music projects of extreme variety in both language and genre. I love what God has allowed me to be part of here in Montana.