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Music Students Earn Recording Industry Certification 

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Highlands music student Chris Soveranez is one of the music technology students who earned Avid Pro Tools certification.

December 9, 2020

Las Vegas, N.M. – The Highlands University Department of Music is celebrating the accomplishments of students who earned Avid Pro Tools certification. Pro Tools is the industry standard software used in professional recording studios.

Avid Pro Tools certification serves as a validation of a person’s expertise and is recognized by top music, post-production, movie, television and broadcast facilities worldwide.

“Avid Pro Tools certification helps professionals attain the skills and credentials they need to increase their value, competency and efficiency in the highly competitive media industry,” said Highlands music professor Edward Harrington, director of the Music Technology Program.

The Highlands University music students who earned Avid Pro Tools certificates include New Mexicans Marcus Romero of Las Vegas; Kathryn Kear of Springer; John Ortiz of Pecos; Joaquin Archuleta of Mora; Chris Soveranez of Las Vegas; Johnray Tafoya of Las Vegas; and Chantel Mullen of Artesia.

Harrington said Highlands University is an Avid Learning Partner and offers two and four-year degrees in music production and technology.

“Small classes, easy 24/7 access to studio time, great musicians and the latest Pro Tools software help students develop their recording, mixing and musicianship skills,” Harrington said.

Harrington said that for several years, the Highlands music program has been involved in producing music albums for the community.

“This is a great experience for our students. Recent projects include Abe Garcia’s “Strings Attached” album, Leroy “Pato” Lucero’s “Chile Caribe” album and Brenda Ortega’s “Unas Favoritas” album,” Harrington said.