Instructors at both schools have reported positive feedback from students, high levels of engagement, enrollment of students that do not traditionally take music classes, and some pretty outstanding final compositions that students have shared with the world in a variety of ways.
Aside from the prescribed curriculum, South Music Teacher Andy Hacker added other components to the course that focused on practical applications of the skills students learned in the class.
"The music tech class mixed and prepared live sound equipment in our auditorium as if it was a true recording studio for very practical application. They loved this facet of the class because we used live rock bands of their peers to practice before making this recording of my last concert of the year. This is one of twelve tracks they did in muli-layer recording. This was a great twist to the class that students asked for and I modified the curriculum to meet their needs."
Here is a live sound recording of Hacker's band, captured by students in the Digital Music Technology class.
North Music Teacher Lansing Dimon broke major ground as he launched into crafting a robust digital text using iBooks Author. The resource allowed students to learn the core content and skills promoted within the class in a multimedia format that was impressive and engaging.
If you'd be interested in listening to some of the final student compositions from South students, they are available here: http://goo.gl/lfL0l
Asked to reflect on the course this past semester, this is what South students had to say:
What do you like about Music Technology as a Class?
How can you use the information you have learned about music and technology in other areas of your life?
What were the benefits to you of taking Music Technology?
"To learn if it is really something I want to consider doing in my life."