Entertainment Technology

Are you looking for a career doing what you love? GTCC's Entertainment Technology Program offers four degree paths in the music industry; from lighting and live sound, studio recording and music business to commercial music, GTCC has you covered. Learn from true industry professionals how to turn your passion into a living. Entertainment Technology creates a community of like-minded individuals who learn how to make a living doing something they really enjoy. We are helping create a lifestyle.

Credentialing Options

Career Opportunities

Entertainment Technology.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to follow the general enrollment process for GTCC, found here.  During the advising process you will have the opportunity to indicate your desire to study within this curriculum. Your advisor will help you sign up for the specific courses you need.

Ron Barrans (Instructor) is a Live Sound and Lighting technician with more than 30 years of experience in club, radio, theatre and house of worship environments. Barrans’ love for music began studying classical violin under Angelo Gatto, playing with the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra, and summer studies at the Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music, having the opportunity to play with Isaac Stern, Jascha Heifitz and YoYo Ma. Ron has worked with several theater groups, including the High Point Tower Players, Greensboro Community Theatre, Kernersville Little Theatre, the Good News Players, the Carolina Skyline Theatre, and Drama Kids International, designing and operating lighting and sound reinforcement for more than one hundred performances.

While working as Technical Coordinator for First Christian Church Ministries, Ron worked to maintain, operate and upgrade three permanent performance stages, including sound, moving and conventional lighting, image magnification, robotic and hand-held cameras, and web streaming.

Over the past several years, Ron has worked with numerous touring acts and speakers, including the Crabb Family, Seven and Seven Is, Natalie Grant, Newsong, Denver and the Mile High Orchestra, Nicole C. Mullen, Karen Kingsbury, Jason Crabb, and several senators and congressmen.

Education:

BA English Mass Communications Media, High Point College

Jacob Danieley (Instructor) is a musician, producer, engineer, and songwriter. Jacob’s professional career launched in 2011 as a touring musician for various Southern gospel and country music artists. Making his Top 40 country music debut playing pedal steel for Capitol Records Nashville artist Jon Pardi, Jacob has since worked as a musician or engineer with numerous world-renowned artists including: Bill Gaither, Loretta Lynn, Ricky Skaggs, The Gatlin Brothers, Jason Crabb, The Oak Ridge Boys, Gordon Mote, Daily and Vincent, and many more. During that tenure, he received a SGMA Award for Band of the Year, and a Nomination for the Singing News “Musician of the Year” award.

After marinating his playing chops on the road, Jacob quickly found his niche in the recording studio as a session musician, producer, and mixing/mastering engineer. With over 80 professional recording credits, Jacob’s first charting single came with “Victory is Sweet” from the Sneed Family’s 2012 release, Telling the Story. Shortly thereafter, Jacob ventured to Europe in order to team up with Netherlands based vocal ensemble Men4Christ, to produce their debut record, “A Voice For You.” In 2015, Jacob received a GMA Dove Award for his work as a recording and mixing engineer.

Earning his MBA from Elon University in 2016, Jacob has joined the faculty at Guilford Technical Community College as an Instructor of Entertainment Technology. In addition, he maintains his musicianship as the keyboard and guitar player for The Jacob Danieley Band.

His instrument credits include Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Pedal Steel, Piano/Keys, Banjo, Dobro, and Mandolin.

Education:

BS Music Technology, Elon

MBA, Elon

Thomas “TJ” Johnson (Instructor/Department Chair) is an audio engineer, producer, and musician. He is best known for his work with Porno for Pyros and Rancid. Johnson has been an active professional in the industry since 1981, and trained at the Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, Ohio. Johnson’s involvement with Porno for Pyros began during the recording of their second album, Good God’s Urge, on which Johnson engineered, co-produced, and played. Following the album’s release, Johnson toured with Porno for Pyros from 1995 until the spring of 1997, providing samples, playing keyboards, and singing. During that time, Johnson also recorded new tracks for what should have been Porno for Pyros’ third album, which was instead released on Perry Farrell’s solo effort Song Yet to Be Sung and Jane’s Addiction’s Kettle Whistle. Johnson has worked with an array of major and independent labels including Sony Music, Warner Bros. Records, Mercury, Virgin Records, Geffen, and RCA. He also did work for Epitaph Records, and its offshoot, Hellcat Records. In the spring of 1997, Johnson started a long relationship with Rancid, resulting in his recording Life Won’t Wait (1998) and Rancid (2000) for the Bay Area punk band. Johnson has been a part of GTCC's Entertainment Technology program since its beginning in Fall 2000.

Education:

Christopher Newport College Recording Engineering Certificate

Recording Workshop Certificate

GTCC Entertainment Technology Recording Engineering, AAS

Pro Media Pro Tools/Reason Training Certificates

Professional Organizations:

Voting Member of NARAS (Grammys).
Full Member Audio Engineering Society (AES).
Member ASCAP.
Pro Tools Certification Operator Music Pro Tools 6.x

Yes, Financial aid is available if you qualify. Please visit our Financial Aid web page or call the Financial Aid office at 336-334-4822. Select option 3.

If you have a passion for the Entertainment Industry, you qualify! All you need is a strong work ethic, a desire for knowledge and a positive attitude, however admission into the Entertainment Technology Commercial Music Option requires an audition. Potential Commercial Music Option majors must be able to perform a prepared piece of music, sight-read, and improvise within a blues ensemble. The auditions are conducted by faculty members of the Music Department and Entertainment Technology.

Students will need a set of studio quality headphones and storage media for projects. All textbooks and a simple tool kit are available in the Titan Bookstore.  This is a work- related industry, so we ask that you dress appropriately.  Closed-toed shoes and long pants are required for lab work.  Safety First!

We have five recording studios and a live sound/lighting lab.

Studio A

SSL AWS948

Avid Pro Tools 12 HD Apple Mac Pro

Avid HDX I/O

API

Rupert Neve

Avalon

Tube Tech

Manley

DBX

Lexicon

Eventide

Yamaha

Westlake Audio

QSC

Empirical Labs

 

Studio B

Digidesign C24

Avid HDX I/O

Pro Tools 12 HD

Mac Pro

Sonnet

Yamaha

 

Studio C

Slate RAVEN MTX mk2

Slate Media Technology Slate Control - Analog Monitoring Controller

Avid Pro Tools 12 HD Apple Mac Pro

Avid HDX I/O

API

Rupert Neve

Yamaha

Genelec

 

Studio D

Slate RAVEN MTX mk2

Slate Media Technology Slate Control - Analog Monitoring Controller Universal Audio Apollo

DBX

Pro Tools 12 Apple Mac Pro

Adams A8X

 

Studio M

Slate RAVEN MTX mk2

Slate Media Technology Slate Control - Analog Monitoring Controller Universal Audio Apollo

DBX

Avid Pro Tools 12 HD Apple Mac Pro

Avid HDX I/O

API

Rupert Neve

Alesis

 

Microphones

AKG

Shure

Royer

Neumann

Sennheiser

Electro-Voice

Rode

Heil

 

Live Sound/Lighting

Digico

Yamaha

Allen & Heath

Soundcraft

RFC

JBL

QSC

Grand MA

Full Boar 4

Chauvet

Altman

Tomcat

Source 4

ETC

Radial

While no guarantee can be made regarding job placement, our Entertainment Technology graduates leave GTCC prepared to impress any employer through their practical understanding of industry workflow standards. In many cases, our graduates receive a leg up against other four-year institutions regarding job placement simply because every one of our faculty members comes from the industry and has maintained connections within industry.