Students use recording studio in Gallagher Hall. Students use recording studio in Gallagher Hall.

Pro Tools Digital Recording Workshop

Musicians and recording engineers can learn to use the digital “tools of the trade” when Cal U offers two summer workshops in Pro Tools, computer software that has become the industry standard for recording, editing and mixing digital music and sound.

Under an agreement signed last spring, Cal U is the only university in Pennsylvania to be an AVID Learning Partner, an educational provider for AVID-brand products, including Pro Tools.

For the first time this summer, Cal U will offer Pro Tools training and certification to amateur and professional musicians and recording engineers. 

Just 20 seats are available in each workshop. No audition or prior experience is required.

“Whether you transfer your favorite analog vinyl albums to digital at home, record your performing ensemble or run the soundboard at your church, these workshops can give you the knowledge to do what you do even better,” says Dr. Yugo Ikach, chair of the Music Department at Cal U.

“Students in our Commercial Music Technology program earn certification in Pro Tools as part of their four-year degree. Now we’re offering the same professional-level training to anyone who is interested in recording, editing and mixing digital sound.”

About the workshops

These sessions are planned:

  • June 10-14 — Pro Tools 101: An Introduction to Pro Tools 10 (prerequisite for Pro Tools 110 and User Certification).
  • June 17-21 — Pro Tools 110: Pro Tools Production I.

Workshops will be held in state-of-the-art classrooms in Gallagher Hall, on the Cal U campus. Participants will learn at individual workstations equipped with the latest hardware and Pro Tools software.

Classes meet from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily, with a one-hour break for lunch.

Labs will be staffed in the evenings so participants can work on assignments/projects. 

The courses (and exams) can be taken separately, but participants who wish to become Pro Tools User Certified must enroll in both courses and successfully pass the User Certification Exam given at the conclusion of Pro Tools 110.

Register now

Students are now being accepted on a first come, first served basis. Just 20 seats are available in each workshop.

  • Cost is $375 for each workshop; fee includes the required textbooks.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $150 reserves your seat. 
  • University housing is available at an additional cost.
  • Educators may be eligible for Act 48 continuing education credits.
  • All fees must be paid in full by June 3, 2013.

Make checks payable to: Music Dept. Workshops/SAI.

To reserve your seat, send your name, address and non-refundable deposit to: 

            California University of Pa.

            Attn: Rose Markovich, Box 53

            250 University Ave.

            California, PA  15419

Pro Tools Workshop

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More Information

For more information about the Pro Tools workshops or registration details, call Rose Markovich in the Cal U Music Department at 724-938-4878 or send e-mail to

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Cal U commerical music technology students are certified in Pro Tools software before they graduate. Click on the image below to read their story. 

Preview of story in alumni magazine.