Michael Nickolas | Lessonface

Michael Nickolas

Audio Recording and Music Production, Music Theory, General Mixing and Mastering
Featured Teacher on Lessonface Since February 2018
audio recording, music production

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Michael has been performing/creating music since childhood. His original music has been used in over 385 different TV shows! Placements on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and many cable television networks include "The Voice", "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert", "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee", "The Biggest Loser", "Let's Make a Deal", "Last Call With Carson Daly", "The Great Christmas Light Fight", “One Life To Live", "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" and "Vice". He also has his music in the 2017 feature film "1 Mile to You" starring Tim Roth, the 2014 feature "Hector and the Search for Happiness" staring Simon Peg, Rosamund Pike and Christopher Plummer and the 2013 feature film “Inescapable” starring Marisa Tomei and Alexander Siddig. In addition to film and TV his music was used in a national advertising campaign for Blue Diamond almonds.

As an author he's written over 30 articles, reviews and editorials published in “Recording Magazine” and has been teaching recording and production privately from his home studio.

Audio Recording and Music Production:

I want to teach you to be able to create great recordings from your own home! We will use a combination of textbook study, instructor demonstrations and internet resources, always answering your questions. We will have discussions surrounding  what the real world applications are of what you are learning.  I can also provide advice on monetizing your creations, I have many years experience in music licensing.

Lessons are not specific to any DAW software. Please see the curriculum tab.

 Music Theory;

No matter what instrument or type of music you play, learning music theory brings meaning to the notes and chord symbols on your sheet music and makes you a well rounded musician. Would you know what to do if a fellow musician asked you to substitute the VI minor chord for the I? Easy enough once you learn theory.  We will follow the book(s) through a series of units, lessons and exercises to become proficient in music theory!

Berklee College of Music Graduate, Cum Laude. Member American Society of Composer and Publishers (ASCAP).

Audio Recording and Music Production (Not DAW specific, emphasis on home studios.):

Textbook to be used is "The Art of Digital Audio Recording" ISBN 978-0-19-539410-8

Curriculum includes: Recording room acoustic treatment. Microphone types, signal path, selection and placement. Pre-amps, AD/DA Conversion. Compression and effects. MIDI and using loops. Editing, mixing and mastering.

Music Theory:

Textbook to be used is "Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory" book one, two or three depending on student level.

Curriculum includes: Clefs, time signatures, scales, intervals, triads, inversions, chord progressions, harmonizing melodies.

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