Level 1 – Basic Audio Production – Foundational Course


Spring Level 1 is now in session. Tickets are no longer available. Please check again for classes later in the year. 


This is a hybrid foundational-level course that provides the necessary audio skills for basic recording, production, and digital technologies.

Purchase this course as a single ticket or get it at a discount when you purchase the Academy Bundle. More info below.

Instructor Heidi Trefethen

Consists of 6 sessions and covers the following outline:

  • Science of Sound
  • Signal flow and the Recording Chain
  • Microphones
  • Basic Audio Connection and Soldering
  • Pro Tools Fundamentals 101 Included! (Tuesday–Wednesday: 3/14–15)

Tuesdays: 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/21

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: This course will be taught in a hybrid format via Zoom and at our WAMO facility, located at 1900 Fruitvale Ave, Unit 3A, 3rd floor, Oakland.

*Attendees can receive refunds up to 7 days before the course start date. Proof of vaccination and mask are required.

Any questions? Please email education@womensaudiomission.org.

Ticket Info 

General Member Pricing – $350

WAM Member – $300

Spring Level 1 is now in session. Tickets are no longer available. 

*Attendees can receive refunds up to 7 days before the course start date.

Women’s Audio Mission courses focus on increasing the gender balance in audio production and technology sectors since less than 5% of the population employed in these sectors are women and gender-diverse individuals. There are limited spots available in our classes, and they often sell out, so we ask that if you are not woman-identified (cisgender or transgender), nonbinary, or gender-expansive, you reconsider enrolling in the class. We will not turn anyone away, but please be mindful that if you take up a seat in the class, that is one less woman, non-binary, or gender-expansive individual that we can serve. We thank you for your understanding in advance and for joining us in our mission to advance women and girls in music production and the recording arts.


Heidi Trefethen is a recording and live sound engineer, producer, classical and jazz French Hornist, educator, and composer. During her 31 years of work in the music industry, Heidi has worked with artists such as Shawn Colvin, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Michelle Ndegeocello, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary, and has a Concert Sound credit on PBS’ American Masters | Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives. As a French Hornist, she has performed and given master classes in countries such as Italy, Thailand, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the UK, and Canada. The LA Philharmonic, Il Teatro d’opera di Roma, the SFJAZZ Monday Night Band, and several Bay Area regional orchestras are a few of the ensembles she has performed with. Heidi is a faculty member of the SFJAZZ Digital Lab, Women’s Audio Mission, and the Institute for the Musical Arts and teaches private classes and lessons. Heidi is also a GRAMMY® Voting member and Governor on the Board of the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy. She is the San Francisco Chapters’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Ambassador to the National DEI Team of the Recording Academy. She is passionate about equality and creating a healthy environment for women of color, gender non-conforming, and women-identified individuals in the music industry.