Stonehill College (Easton, MA)

  • Instructor:  James Bohn
  • Location: Easton, MA
  • School Profile: College, Undergraduate program, 2,500 students
  • Class Title(s):  Introduction to Music Technology, Sound Recording Techniques, Sound Synthesis, Composition: Songwriting, Music Technology Ensemble
  • Grades Levels Included: Freshmen through Seniors
  • Structure of NTM Class(es): Music technology courses at Stonehill College are one hour, fifteen minutes in duration, meeting twice a week. They are limited to 12 students, with the Music Technology Ensemble capped at eight students. All music technology courses are open to every level of student.
  • Software Used: Logic Pro, Finale, Pro Tools First
  • Hardware Used: Macintosh Computers, Sound System, various microphones and instruments.

  • Class NTM Activities:  Introduction to Music Technology focuses on using Logic Pro to create songs.  The course also covers the history of popular music from the stand point of production.  Students learn basic sound editing and sound recording in addition to mixing and effects processing. Sound recording techniques utilizes Logic Pro and Pro Tools first to record, edit, and mix music using microphones, direct boxes and other recording technology. Sound Synthesis uses the built in software synthesizers in Logic Pro to teach sound synthesis techniques.  The course also covers the history of sound synthesis. Composition: Songwriting: focuses on lyric, melody, and harmonic writing techniques.  Students write three songs over the course of the semester using Finale.  The Music Technology Ensemble is run largely like a rock / popular music band.  In addition to performing already written tunes, students co-write songs to perform in the ensemble.  Students also learn how to setup and run sound systems.

  • HistoryStonehill College has had a Music Technology minor since Fall 2016. Introduction to Music Technology, Composition: Songwriting, and Sound Recording Techniques predated the minor by a bit, but were designed with the intent of offering a minor in the future.  The program has evolved a bit, expanding to include a Music Technology Ensemble.  Sound Synthesis is replacing a class, Scoring for Video, that was previously part of the program.  A learning community on the history of music technology following World War II is also occasionally offered.

  • Success Stories from NTM Activities: The Music Technology minor at Stonehill College is still quite new (and a bit small), but students have interned at recording studios.  Our new Music Technology Ensemble offers students the unique experience of performing and writing original songs in a popular style.
  • Data:  Somewhere between .5% and 1% of the student body takes music technology classes in any given year (12-24 students out of 2500).

  • Advice to Others Starting NTM Project: You can do music technology at nearly any budgetary level.  Don't assume it has to be expensive. Create a good balance between structure, and giving students the freedom to create the music they want to. Focus on making music rather than the technology side of things.  The technology is the means to the end.  Making music is the goal.
  • Additional Comments: Giving students an environment in which they can let their musical imagination run wild is very rewarding.  It is equally rewarding to give students who come from a non-traditional musical background the opportunity to make music.  I truly feel that music technology is one of the most effective ways to create a truly inclusive music environment at an educational institution.  Many of the concepts of teaching non-traditional music students are also in line with the Yale University School of Music "Declaration on Equity in Music for City Students" (  I recommend checking it out.
  • Date Submitted: January 2019
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