We have a summer music camp and
music technology classes throughout the year:
Teens through Adult
Audio Technician Training our Job Circle
This 7 week program meets twice a week in the evenings. We tailor the days and times to fit the majority of the students' schedules.
Students learn producing, mastering, electronics, ProTools, and work with award-winning audio engineers and producers. Because a lot of past students have come back to work with us, we call it the Job Circle. Students acquire skills that are useful at any job such as verbal and written communication, teamwork, general job etiquette, plus skills specific to the audio industry. Participants in the Job Circle can, through knowledge testing, earn an Audio Technician Certificate. This internship, and certificate, becomes a work and college application reference for them. For example, it is recognized by employers such as the Gallo Center for the Arts.
School of Recording Arts
Students learn basic music theory, how to read music notes, rhythm, song development, radio interview skills, radio announcements, and all about sound recording and mixing.
Our program follows California's Expanded Learning Standards. We offer a safe, supportive environment that is inclusive to all demographics and viewpoints. Projects increase self-confidence and lend themselves to peer-to-peer mentoring. Students select instruments and music that they are interested in. Teachers encourage positivity, equality in participation, and continually assess progress. The staff and board of directors network with the community to provide synergistic relationships such as providing programming for public radio and television, access to performance venues and support of community fairs, school events, concerts.
Lawrence “Lucky” Lew: (Audio Engineer, Teacher, and Producer)
Lucky Lew has worked with Modesto Sound for 12 years. He serves as producer, teacher and has developed the teaching curriculum for the successful Modesto Sound Audio Technician--Job Circle program. He has produced and recorded music for over 25 years in total and has worked with numerous major and independent artists as producer, engineer or both. Lucky engineered and mixed several albums for the V2 record label, Ultra Records, Thrill Jockey, etc. He also owns and operates his own recording studio "Wave Parade Studios". Lucky is a multi-instrumental session musician that has appeared on many albums. Lucky holds an FCC federal broadcast engineering license. He also has a ARRL Technician class certificate and is a Licensed CET (certified electronics technician). He was awarded a lifetime achievement Modesto Area Music Awards (MAMA) award in 2009. In his spare time, he designs audio electronics and spends a lot of time cooking; especially preparing Thai and Indian food. Modesto Sound is proud to have had Lucky Lew working with us all these years, and we hope to have many more with him.
Janet Seay: (Executive Director and Teacher)
Ms. Seay developed a love for music when she began piano lessons at 10 yrs old. Since then she has taught instrument lessons (piano and voice, mainly) and band in elementary schools, home schools, and privately in her home studio. She has taught music in the Modesto area for more than twenty-five years and maintains an average of 30-35 students at a given time. She enjoys staying engaged with music in the community evident by her participation in multiple community bands, and is currently playing french horn in one now. She holds an Associate's degree in Music and is also a member of National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). Additionally, she has held membership with the National Music Guild for over twenty years. Modesto Sound is glad to have Ms. Seay on board as her vast knowledge of instruments, music, and theory are valuable to the program. Ms. Seay’s work with Modesto Sound began in 2015. Since then, she has served as a recording arts camp music teacher, fundraising volunteer and currently serves as executive director with the organization.
Mark Oesau: (Live Sound Engineer and Teacher)
Mark Oesau has been working with Modesto Sound since 2011. Mark has served as an intern, president of our board of directors, and currently serves as live sound engineer and audio technology teacher with the organization. Mark’s prior experience includes working as monitor and front of house engineer at the Fat Cat music house and lounge, system technician with US Audio, sound designer with YES company, and stagehand at Gallo Center for the Arts. Additionally, he has played in a variety of bands and ensembles, including three Modesto Area Music Award winners. His education and training includes an Associate of Arts degree in Music, and a Recording Arts skills recognition certificate from Modesto Junior College. Mark also owns and operates his own sound company and has ran sound for hundreds of shows and events. In his free time, Mark enjoys photography, hiking, composing music, and learning. Modesto Sound is proud to have Mark working with us as he brings practical experience and creativity.
Blake Boetto: (Sound Engineer, Teacher, and Composer)
Blake Boetto has been working with Modesto Sound since May of 2016. Blake has served as live sound technician, stagehand, summer band camp counselor and currently serves as recording studio engineer with the organization. Blake’s prior experience includes a position on Fresno State University’s concert staff, sound engineer for various bands and local events. He has been commissioned to arrange show tunes for a playhouse musical. His education and training includes a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition from Fresno State University, training in music for multimedia through California State University, Monterey Bay’s Summer Arts program, and certification through both Modesto Sound's Audio Technician 1 and Advanced Recording Workshop classes. In his free time, Blake enjoys writing and performing music, as well as studying music and various forms of literature. Blake brings a fresh perspective and stoic dedication to what we do at Modesto Sound, and for that, we are grateful.
Our teachers promote Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) standards (1.0) artistic and (2.0) creative expression through development, understanding, and appreciation of musical elements, terminology, creating music, participating in musical groups, and performing. (3.0) Music genres are open for students to create songs as they desire creating culturally different works of art that sound unique and incorporate a variety of interests stimulating a rich and diverse experience. (4.0) Students will be discussing and experiencing what qualities make a musical performance a work of art. (5.0) Our program demonstrates to students various art forms and career opportunities within the arts.