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Pennsylvania Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Opens

Gettysburg, Penn., is the site of the first and only school that the Pennsylvania Department of Education has ever licensed to teach professional recording and sound technology. The Pennsylvania Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (PARAS) offers students a diploma program and complete career training in its 2,500-square-foot studio.

The studio has two large format 80-input recording consoles. “Teaching in a fully operational studio facility will give students the opportunity to apply the methods and lessons learned in a real-world studio environment to the careers they begin after graduating,” explains director Sal Chandon. “Both traditional analog and emerging digital technologies are taught, as well as the latest techniques for recording live bands, concerts, commercials, audio for television, videos and motion pictures.”

According to Chandon, there is a rapidly growing demand in South Central Pennsylvania for more career training and skills development in audio, video and multimedia production. “We believe there are numerous benefits to locating our school in Gettysburg, including its convenient location and extremely diverse employer base.”

PARAS offers part-time and full-time classes in recording and sound engineering, and is currently accepting applications for summer courses that begin in July. Classes will comprise hands-on sessions using the studio’s digital and analog equipment. All students will have the opportunity to record live bands as part of their lab studies.

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