Pradeep Madana

Prandeep Madana

Often audio students, in particular, have a misconception of the industry and what they can do with their degree and talent. Pradeep Madana , Adjunct Faculty, Audio , The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University
What would you say is the defining moment in your life when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

I knew that I was always destined to become a creative professional. I actually started to follow that dream the moment my parents gave me their blessing to do so. I've always known that I wanted to pursue a career in music, however, I was on the path to becoming a doctor before my parents gave me their approval.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience to provide an industry veteran’s sense of the realities / challenges / opportunities of the
profession?

I teach a class called Survey of Audio and it is a basic introduction to audio. Anything that I have done to build my career, I share with my students; from the good to the bad. The more honest you are with your students, the better response you will get from them. One phrase I live by in my classes is that whatever I teach you in the class doesn't mean anything if you can't apply it in the real world. I became a teacher because I love to spread the knowledge of audio. I believe there are no trade secrets in the music world and I believe that audio is an art form that should be spread throughout the community.

Is there a class assignment that exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring? Similarly, how does your approach inspire each student to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?

My final project in Survey of Audio really gets the students to think about their future goals. The student must be able to creatively think outside of their original perception of the audio industry and imagine which career path they may want to take after reviewing all of the options in the industry. Often audio students, in particular, have a misconception of the industry and what they can do with their degree and talent. This project gets them to recognize the talent that they always have had, but didn't recognize.

What role does collaboration contribute to students' success, especially when students from other programs contribute to the same project?

Collaboration is everything, in fact, I encourage all of my students to think outside the box and work with other students in other majors. I use a term in my classroom called "cross pollinate." I want students to use this opportunity to work with other creatives around the school. 

In your opinion, what is the single most important thing you impart to your students to help them succeed in your class and in the real world? Alternatively, what is the most critical advice you would offer any student as he / she embarks on a creative career?

Communication is key. For a student to succeed in any field, they need to learn how to communicate in any field. They may be focusing in audio, however, I go the extra mile to make sure they communicate through writing. It is critical to learn how to write in a professional manner.

Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you, your experience, or your role as a faculty member at The Art Institutes?

I run a studio in downtown Hollywood called Se7enPM Recordings studio and do everything from post production for film, to mixing and mastering, songwriting, music production and artist development. I also used to be an assistant engineer at Green Day Studio in Oakland, CA.