NGHS Music Tech

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INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC TECHNOLOGY (year 1) Grades 9-12
Even though musical experience is helpful, it is NOT required. Anyone can take this class. Students learn computer basics and are introduced to basic MIDI sequencing.  Members of the class are immersed in MIDI sequencing software, music theory applications, and notation software, then begin to apply MIDI editing features and drum kits. As the year progresses they create multi-track sequences, original musical compositions, background music for specific settings such as television and movie soundtracks along with computer games in addition to other commercial applications. This is hands-on training for creating the music of the 21st century!

INTERMEDIATE MUSIC TECHNOLOGY (year 2) Grades 10-12; Prerequisite - Introduction to Music Technology
Students extend their knowledge of computer functionality, electronic keyboard (synthesizer) operation, software application implementation, and MIDI sequencing techniques in addition to being introduced to audio recording, microphones, and the study of acoustics.  Learners continue to apply additional editing features and drum kits while creating progressively more advanced multi-track sequences, original musical compositions, background music for specific settings, computer games, as well as other commercial applications. Students create multi-track sequences of background music and synchronize it to a video format while expanding their understanding and use of compositional techniques, including harmonization, orchestration, and arranging. 

ADVANCED MUSIC TECHNOLOGY (year 3) Grades 11-12; Prerequisite - Intermediate Music Technology
This class continues to build on concepts mastered in Intro/Intermediate Music Tech. It is designed to meet the needs of students interested in using the "tools of the trade" at a more professional level and will enhance each student's ability to use industry-standard music technology hardware and software for pre- and post-production of music and multimedia. Audio
recording/mastering techniques in addition to audio recording, microphones, and the study of acoustics are studied extensively. Students expand their understanding and use of compositional techniques, including harmonization, orchestration, and arranging and explore careers associated with the music industry such as producer, engineer, and manager while becoming familiarized with copyright law and ownership.

MASTERY OF MUSIC TECHNOLOGY (year 4) Grade 12; Prerequisite - Advanced Music Technology
Specific fields in the audio industry are discussed in depth, including sound/audio engineer, movie/gaming sound editor, management/publicity/branding agent, stage production designer, and producer. Marketing and distribution methods are explored paying particular attention to current and future digital online approaches. Students continue to expand their understanding and use of compositional techniques, including harmonization, orchestration, and arranging. Extended emphasis is placed on composing music in several distinct styles and on a much larger scale than in previous semesters.  Students will be required to submit a major project (complete marketable album) and/or a portfolio serving as the composer, engineer, and producer.  



Current Information:


All students wishing to register for Music Technology
for the 2017-2018 school year must complete the following form:
Classes fill up quickly, so register early!

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Follow this link to compare colleges and universities
which offer Music Technology programs:

Music Technology Degrees | FindTheBest


Check out these particular schools that offer
degrees in the Music Technology industry:

Atlanta Institute of Music
Full Sail University

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Interested in taking Music Tech?
 
 
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Helpful Links:

Check out this video from Northpoint Community Church. Seasonal music on iPads and iPhones!
Propellerhead Software (the makers of Reason) -
Check out these videos on learning Reason 4 -
Check out these videos on learning Sonar 6 -
Visit the Grayson Music Tech website -
        http://web.me.com/jazzertim/musictech/Welcome.html
Check out these videos on my favorite electronic instrument, the
THEREMIN -
Finale Music (the makers of Print Music and Finale) -
Sampling Rate and Bit Depth Explained -
Here's a video of one of my favorite Electronic Music works by Jean Michel Jarre -
(filmed live outdoors in Paris, 1990. notice the images projected on buildings and the "old" computers)


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*Listen to examples of music created in the NGHS Music Tech Lab [attachments 01-03]
*Review the Reason Lesson Student Booklet to catch up on new concepts [attachment 05]











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[02] Scenes of Winter - Ian York (Smooth Jazz).mp3
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