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Michael "Wolf" Reaves to Teach Recording Courses
January 7, 2013

Walters State’s Division of Community Education offers local residents the chance to gain from the experience of Michael “Wolf” Reaves, a recording engineer with over 25 years professional experience in the recording industry.
Reaves will be teaching non-credit classes in music and media production. He plans to share tips on how to make the most from available technology and avoid common mistakes. Classes are now scheduled in Sevier and Greene Counties.

“Each course will cover some simple basics that will make recordings sound professional,” Reaves said. 

Reaves has worked with many best selling artists and on many projects, including recordings that were certified platinum and gold. He’s worked with Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Metallica, Boyz II Men, Jessica Simpson, Justin Timberlake and others. Reaves said that Blige actually gave him his industry nickname due to the long hair and beard he sported earlier in his career.

Reaves remains a voting member of theNational Academy of the Recording Arts & Sciences, which awards the Grammys each year. He has recently moved to this area and is eager to be in a classroom or lab. His teaching credits include being a faculty member at Full Sail University.  

The classes are designed for musicians and small business owners. Both courses will stress the skills needed to make professional recordings regardless of the technology used.  The classes will help individuals take advantage of technology and avoid the sound of “basement recording,” Reaves said. 

“For small business owners or individuals working in advertising, this class provides the skill set needed for recording. Previously, recording was left to high-end advertising agencies. Now, businesses may be left out in the cold if they don’t take utilize what is available,” he added.  

“Music Production: Recording Your Demo” is a five-session class. Two options are available in Sevier County. One meets on Monday mornings beginning Jan. 28 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Gatlinburg. The second option meets Tuesday morning beginning Jan. 29 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Sevierville. 

This class will meet in Greeneville beginning Jan. 24 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

“Media Production for Small Business” is also a five-session class. A Monday afternoon class begins Jan. 28 in Gatlinburg with a Tuesday afternoon class beginning Jan. 29 in Sevierville. Both classes meet from 2-5:30 p.m.

This class will meet in Greeneville on afternoons beginning Jan. 24. 

Each course is $159. Exact locations will be announced soon.

For more information, contact Amanda Hill at (423) 798-7946 or

CUTLINE: Michael Reaves, a veteran recording engineer, will share his experience and talent with local artists and businesses through a series of classes at Walters State Community College.