RHAM (Regional Hebron, Andover, and Marlborough) H.S. (Hebron, CT)

  • Instructor:  Eric Nunes
  • Location:  Hebron, CT U.S.A
  • School Profile: Public regional high school; rural; approximately 1,050 student
  • Class Title(s): Music Technology I & II, Sound Recording and Acoustics (tentatively scheduled)
  • Grades Levels Included: 9-12
  • Structure of NTM Class(es):  All music technology classes are one semester long or approximately 20 weeks.  There are multiple sections for each class. Classes are offered in both school semesters.  We offer three classes which are: Music Technology I, Music Technology II, and tentatively scheduled for next year is Sound Recording and Acoustics.  All the classes are aligned to the 2014 National Arts Standards as well as the 2014 Connecticut State Technology Standards.  The classes are open to all students who wish to take music technology.  Music Technology I is a prerequisite for Music Technology II. 
    Music Technology I and II are composition focused while Sound Recording and Acoustics will be engineering focused.  The current courses might eventually be further specialized into different subjects.  There would then be a total of five or six music technology courses offered.  The goal of the program is to bridge the gap between music and technology and have students be introduced into a profession that they might not have known existed. The school has a designated music technology classroom with 17 student stations.  There is also a recording studio that features a state of the art PreSonus sound board, over 15 types of microphones, and other various recording equipment.

  • Software Used: GarageBand, Logic, Audacity, Spear, Pro Tools
  • Hardware Used: Mackie, Shure, Presonus, AKG, Fender, Seagull, Pearl, Digitech, Sans Amp, etc.

  • Class NTM Activities:  
    Music Technology I - Students focus on basic music composition using GarageBand.  They learn very simple music theory and will produce small loop projects, songs with form, ringtones, mashups, etc.  The final project is to compose a 3–4 minute song that can be streamed online to any internet connected device.
    Music Technology II - This class continues from where Music Technology I finishes.  In this class, students will begin an introduction to basic audio recording.  They will get to compose their own sound effects using a variety of tools.  We are building a sound effect library based on the sounds of students from each semester.  The class continues into podcasting and an introduction into film scoring.  The final project is to bring in a video clip of their choice that is about one minute long.  They will replace all the audio with their own original sounds and songs.
    Sound Recording and Acoustics - Sound Recording and Acoustics dives into the art of audio recording.  Prospective students will learn types of microphones and different setups for certain scenarios. Students will have the opportunity to record live musicians as well as shadow along side a sound engineer during school concerts. Acoustics will be gradually taught throughout the course as it pertains to certain sound principals.  The course concludes with how to professionally mix and master live and recorded audio tracks.

  • History:  The music technology program was created in the late 80's or early 90's.  After the previous music technology teacher retired in 2013, the position was taught by a teacher who did not specialize in music technology.  Over the next three years, the music program was restructured and realigned with new goals.  I arrived in 2016 and am starting to revive the student interest in music technology.  We now have a vertical alignment starting at the middle school with band, chorus, and general music which feeds the band, chorus, and music technology program at the high school. We currently have about 35 students enrolled between all sections for the 2016 - 2017 school year.  Next year, I am projecting to have about 50 - 60 students based on  current student interest.  Current percentage of high school students enrolled in music technology is 3%.  I am hoping to reach about 10% over the next three or four years and have a waiting list available.

  • Success StoriesStudents who do not want to play/sing in the traditional music ensemble LOVE this course.  They find great success in creating their own music while reaping the benefits of music. I have one student applying to colleges for music production/music management.  A few other students are now considering music technology as a career.  Students share their projects with friends and love to create new songs! The administration is very supportive and understand the benefits of having a music technology program offered in their school.

  • Advice to Others Starting NTM Project:   You will get a huge variety of levels coming in.  Do not try and push every student to the same level.  Give them guidelines and let them create their own projects based on the rubric.  This sort of class takes time to start and perfect.  It will not happen overnight, but the time you put into it is well worth it.  Do not get caught up in the technology.  Students are good at that.  Focus on the music and let the technology enhance their projects.  Have fun with it!  Students love when you love what you do.  It shows in their work.


  • Additional Comments: I wake up everyday with a smile.  There is no other job I could possibly want.  The work that we do is contagious and spreads from student to student.  It is the best feeling seeing students having fun while learning.

  • Date Submitted: November 2016
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