Earhole Expands Mentorship Project

Earhole Expands Mentorship Project

Chicago-based Earhole Music & Sound continues its mission to elicit positive change through the power of music and sound by providing students in St. Viator High School’s “Digital Audio Production” course with a real-world introduction into professional audio.

The Digital Audio Production course at St. Viator High School, located in Arlington Heights, Illinois, provides students with a crash course in a variety of audio production skills, including: voice recording, MIDI, audio editing and mixing, effects, and much more. The goal is to give interested students the opportunity to develop a basic understanding of audio production, allowing them to make a more informed decision about whether or not it is a field they would like to pursue professionally.

This being the first year of the program, instructors at St. Viator reached out to Earhole and asked for their assistance in refining the course curriculum. The school wanted to be sure that the lessons taught aligned with the skill sets and tools needed to succeed in professional audio production. After several meetings, Earhole determined that the one major component missing from the course curriculum was the chance to learn directly from real audio professionals, and so they set out to rectify the situation with a special guest lecture and in-studio visit.

In November, Earhole Music Producer Kelly Bertog gave a guest lecture at the school, with topics ranging from careers in audio, music production, sound design, and how to market music in the rapidly evolving industry landscape. Students enrolled in the course then paid Earhole Music & Sound a visit in early December, where they completed an in-depth, hands-on training session, learning all that goes into original composition and post-production audio.

2017 has been the year of “Music with a Mission” for Earhole. Understanding the power of music, the company has focused on a variety of social initiatives that has allowed them to give back to the local community. In addition to their partnership with St. Viator, Earhole has also been an active participant with the AICE Pre Pro Mentorship Program, taking one aspiring audio engineer under their wing for the last three months. The company has also focused on other “do good” initiatives though the direct power of its music, creating the audio landscape for two of Chicago’s biggest social initiatives: the Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) Fundraiser, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s One Chicago.

“We can think of no better way to cap our first year of “Music with a Mission” than by working with St. Viator’s Digital Audio Production Course,” said Kelly Bertog, Music Producer at Earhole Music & Sound. “Earhole prides itself on leveraging our music, our space, our talented staff, and our time in order to create positive change in the community. We look forward to many more years of these ‘do good’ initiatives to come!”

Earhole’s work for CURE, One Chicago, and more can all be seen by visiting their website: www.earholestudios.com.