Brookwood High School (Snellville, GA)

  • Instructor:  Ken Simpson
  • Location: Snellville, GA (Atlanta Metro Area)
  • School Profile: Gwinnett County Public Schools, 9-12 , 3487 enrollment
  • Class Title(s): Beginning  & Advanced  Music Technology
  • Grades Levels Included: 9-12
  • Structure of NTM Class(es): 3 Beginning Music Technology Sections  & 1 Advanced Section of MT, Approx.   23 students in each class  ( with a waiting list )
  • Software Used: Garage band,  Reason,  Logic Express
  • Hardware Used: iMacs
  • Class NTM Activities:  Classes are primarily composition based although the beginning class is open to all students.  Students have a variety of simple composition projects (usually weekly ) that includes composing for certain aspects of media. ( ex. jingles for commercials, video games, audio books, etc. ). These projects progress in length and complexity all the way up to composing music and creating foley for film scoring.
  • History: Class started with old Macs that were going to be surplused. We started with  8 stations & 13 students, but have gone through 3 renovations after the demand for more space. We now have a 23-station lab and a designated recording studio with Logic. We produce 2 CD's each year that are service projects to get our music out in the community and raise money for local school charities. [Dave WIlliams note: I consider Ken's program one of the pioneering success stories of reaching out to NTMs, having started this program over 10 years ago and expanded to reach some 60% of the students in his high school! ]
  • Success Stories from NTM Activities: Several students leave the music tech program at Brookwood and attend such schools as  Full Sail, Middle Tennesee State, Belmont, and  Berklee. Several alumni are working in the Music Industry today.
  • Advice to Others Starting NTM Project: Attend as many conferences as you can to keep up with the latest software and improvements in technology.   TI:ME organization is an excellent resource. Talk to as many colleagues that are using technolgy as you can.
  • Additional Comments: I always try to make my emphasis music first, technology second. Technology is great way to teach music to students !
  • Date Submitted: August 2011
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