Essentials of Music for Audio Professionals



Written by Frank Dorritie.

An exciting and comprehensive self-paced tutorial in general music and theory for anyone interested in:

  • Sound Engineering
  • Stage Musical Production and Direction
  • Audio Production
  • Songwriting
  • Recording and Live Audio

"The most concise training course ever written on music fundamentals..." - Mike Lawson, President, Mixbooks..."Demystifies the process of working with musical notation, arrangements and scores." - ArtistPro

  • Basic Rhythm and Pitch Notation
  • Musical Expression
  • Sound Production
  • Melody and Musical Forms
  • Harmony and Harmonics
  • Basic Acoustical Principles...and much more

An easy-to-understand approach. Includes CD.

Required reading:

  • Institute for Advanced Audio Training (San Francisco, CA)
  • Los Medanos College
  • Spokane Falls College

"Essentials of Music for Audio Professionals" is considered the standard text in its field.

About The Author

Frank Dorritie is a performer, producer, arranger, educator and author. He is known for his work with Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, the National Cast of Phantom of the Opera and Tito Puente, among others. Nine of his recordings have received Grammy nominations and two of these, "New York Scene" (Art Blakey) and "La Onda Va Bien" (Cal Tjader), won Grammy Awards in Jazz and Latin categories, respectively.

Frank pioneered the application of the highest possible recording techniques to the Drum and Bugle Corps activity with The Blue Devils and Santa Clara Vanguard in the 1980 release, State of the Art. His work in this area has continued through the decades, including volume two of State of the Art in 2000, Drum Corps International's 2004 Tour of Champions, and multiple 5.1 Surround Sound recordings with The Blue Devils, Santa Clara Vanguard, Cavaliers, and Glassmen, among others. Frank has instructed and/or arranged music for The Blue Devils, Santa Clara Vanguard, Cavaliers, Madison Scouts, Garfield Cadets, Bluecoats, Bridgemen, 27th Lancers, Renegades and a host of other corps and bands. He has worked as a performer, clinician and adjudicator throughout North America, Europe, South Africa and Japan, and has served as musical consultant for Fox Television.

Frank is the Chair of Recording Arts at Los Medanos College and his books "Essentials of Music for Audio Professionals" and "Handbook of Field Recording" are published by ArtistPro. He is a four-time DCA I & E champion (Tenor Bugle) and a member of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame and Buglers Hall of Fame. His popular brass method books, "Power & Endurance" and "Star Power," are published by He can be contacted at

Frank Dorritie
Soaring Dove

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