Good evening, morning, or whatever time it is where you are. My name is a Gerald, and I will be writing this weekly blog to inform, and possibly amaze, those interested in learning about OIART’s labs and student life. Labs are essentially deeply involved learning sessions which teach additional material, application, and test one’s understanding of the course material from lectures. I know that this description is a little glib so I’ll explain how labs are structured.
The student body is broken down into crews of 4. Every crew rotates through 5-6 labs per week. Each 3 hour lab can be broken down into multiple sections depending on the material and design of the lab. Sometimes labs are done individually or in pairs, while others require the entire crew. Full 3-hour labs are intern run tutorials with an entire crew to break down the more complex subject matter and practice. That said, our recording technology lab this week had us patching outboard gear into the recording console. See Jeff for additional assuredness and Calvin slumping into the shot for support.
Needless to say, there is not really any time in the labs to waste time. The allotted time given is reasonable in what needs to be achieved. For example: our MIDI and Live Sound labs up until recently have been 45-minutes and have gotten us in the habit of setting-up, trouble shooting, and breaking down a MIDI system and soldering. Then again, the most difficult labs are subject to change based on the strengths and weaknesses of each student.
This is a small portion of what we do in a week. Due to the amount of time and energy that the labs take, they are integral to our learning but are also our student life. By week 3 we had already started practicing microphone techniques and familiarized ourselves with some of the 5 dozen different micing models used in the program.
So keep posted, and I’ll keep writing.