Sound Design for Schools
Live Webinars for schools now available with David Sonnenschein, author “Sound Design”
Now “Sound Design” is successfully incorporated into the curricula of schools all over the world, offering the theory, philosophy and application of creative sound design. In addition, the book has 5-star reader ratings on Amazon.com and is #1 on Google for “sound design” books. It focuses on developing the much-needed know-how and communication skills required in the entire media environment.
THE SOUND DESIGNER – Builds motivation, peak performance and understanding of the psychology of sound and sonic storytelling, with specific exercises to refine listening, composition and creativity skills.
COLLEAGUES – Clarifies the roles of writer, production designer, picture editor and music composer, and how the sound designer can effectively collaborate with these co-creators.
EMPLOYER – Empowers the sound designer to hit the mark every time with the boss (director, producer or client), encouraging efficient communication, promotions and re-hiring.
AUDIENCE – Delivers ultimate satisfaction by reaching the public with the intended message, sonically fortifying the visuals, actors and story with realism and emotional depth.
BEYOND THE BOOK TO WEBINARSAn even greater learning result can be achieved with a presentation that incorporates audiovisual examples to illustrate the principles, andlistening and creative audio assignments that develop students’ abilities to work effectively with sound.
The most powerful teaching tool occurs with the engagement of students in their own creative process, accompanied by direct feedback from a knowledgeable and inspiring mentor. After teaching in dozens of American, European and Asian classrooms for over a decade, David Sonnenschein now offers this service to all sound design students anywhere on the globe through his real-time, online webinars.
Watch the 4 min. Sound Design for Pros video to experience David in action:
COURSE OPTIONS FOR SCHOOLSSeveral forms of Sound Design instruction are available, both online and on site, including:
- Single guest lecture
- Guest lecture series with student participation
- Full course integrated in current school curriculum
- Live interactive coaching on students’ works-in-progress
- Pre-recorded course presentations (e.g. SoundDesignForPros six-week webinar recordings)
David will develop the ideal Sound Design presentation for your students and curriculum. Please email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lectures / Courses given by David Sonnenschein
NORTH AMERICAAcademy of Art University, San Francisco
Video Symphony, Burbank CA
California State University Northridge, Los Angeles
Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT)
UCLA, Architecture Dept., Los Angeles
San Francisco State University, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts
Globe Institute of Recording and Psychoacoustics, San Francisco
Cogswell Polytechnical College, Silicon Valley CA
ISELA (Institute of Spiritual Cinema – LA)
MGLA (Motion Graphics LA)
Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking, Sedona AZ
Banff Mountain Film Festival, Canada
Audio Engineering Society, Canada
Independent Feature Project West, Los Angeles
Winter Brain Conference, Palm Springs CA
Filmmakers Alliance, Los Angeles
StoryCon, Palm Springs CA
American Film Institute, Los Angeles
Occidental College, Los Angeles
Cyberarts International, San Francisco
SOUTH AMERICAAcademia Internacional de Cinema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Universidade Estacio de Sa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV, Cuba
EUROPEHuddersfield University, UK
British Film Institute, UK
South East Essex College, UK
University of Edinburgh, UK
Leeds International Music Technology Education Conference: Sound-Image-Space, UK
Sounding Out, Staffordshire University, UK
NRK Broadcasting Studio, Oslo, Norway
22nd Nordic Sound Symposium, Bolkesjo, Norway
KHM, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Germany
WDR Broadcasting Studio, Cologne, Germany
ESMAE – Escola Superior de Música e das Artes do Espectáculo, Porto, Portugal
ASIATokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Here’s what educators and students say about David’s classes:“Beyond mere technical jargon, in accessible and eloquent language David opens creative gateways for dramatic storytelling through the potent and inventive use of sound. His book is of enormous merit that should prove useful not only to sound editors, but to all film artists and, indeed, anyone who cherishes a good movie.”
From the beginning David did research about the special needs and expectations of the individual participant, and systematically worked down all the relevant themes for their specialized perspectives. He informed well, analyzed many examples and explored new possibilities for their everyday work. We benefited from the well-arranged content of his wonderful book, which is in a class by itself amongst sound design texts. David’s many experiences as musician, director, sound designer and sound philosopher, combined with his intercultural knowledge and being a gifted teacher, brought us in short time span into a deep understanding and very applicable workflow for sound in media – not limited to film or radio, but encompassing today’s cross media publishing and producing.
I came back to our school of media with many valuable insights, strategies and quality knowledge. We use his book and ideas since then in many courses, from beginning sound work to professional teamwork and innovative productions, forward to our Sound Studies in our Master Program, with themes of audiovisual composition and acoustic communication. His thorough work flow description helped many students along the planning and working phase of in-depth sound design, his ideas are vital energies for all kind of situations in design and his well-written texts help as a reliable companion and handbook for teaching and practice.
We enjoy too David’s new appearance online, where he transforms his experience into webinars and interactive situations all over the world. We hope to join him there more often in the future, especially as our school and teachers welcome and research on e-learning configurations very much.
Thank you, David, for your long time inspiration and support, from the distance, but very present in our learning conversations and new abilities.”