Greenwich High School (Greenwich CT)

  • Instructor: Barbara Freedman
  • Class Title(s): Intro to Electronic Music, Electronic Music 1, ElectronicMusic 2, Electronic Music 3/Honors
  • Grades Levels Included: High school
  • School Profile:  Public H.S.; enrollment 2700
  • Structure of NTM Class(es)
    • Intro to Electronic Music- one semester, part-time class (3 days out of an 8 day cycle) three sections per semester
    • Electronic Music 1- full year, part-time class (3 days out of an 8 day cycle) two sections per semester
    • Electronic Music 2- full year, part-time class (3 days out of an 8 day cycle) one sections per semester
    • Electronic Music 3/Honors- full year, full-time class (6 days out of an 8 day cycle) one sections per semester History: Greenwich High School has been offering Electronic Music since 1968 and first created by former teacher Ann Modugno. The course has evolved over the years from using open reel and cassette decks to today's MIDI Lab with 24 student stations.

  • Software Used: GarageBand & Logic Pro 
  • Hardware Used: iMac G5, M-Audio Keystation 61es, M-Audio Project Mix, various mics
  • Class NTM Activities:  Electronic Music classes at Greenwich High School are the "General Music" classes.  It is hands-on applied learning. Students learn about music through composition. Each level of EMusic teaches increasing complex music elements and theory through composition. Students demonstrate their understanding through their own compositions.
  • History: Greenwich High School has been offering Electronic Music since 1968 and first created by former teacher Ann Modugno. The course has evolved over the years from using open reel and cassette decks to today's MIDI Lab with 24 student stations. 

  • Success Stories from NTM Activities: In 2009,  a junior in EMusic 3 won the National  MENC/NSBA Electronic Music Competition. In 2008, a different junior came in second place.  Introduction to Electronic Music is THE most requested class at GHS with 345 students requesting that class alone. At GHS, more students ask to take an EMusic class than a band, orchestra or chorus class.  On average, 30% of seniors in EMusic 2 & EMusic 3 go to college for Music Composition or Music Technology.  In 2009-2010, it's 52%. Several of these students no experience in music before they came to a GHS EMusic class. At GHS, EMusic is a college track course.  GHS Student Music is available on iTunes.  Go to the iTunes Store and type Greenwich High School in the search engine.

  • Advice to Others Starting NTM Project: Teach music. The technology will  follow.
  • Additional Comments:  I have the greatest job in the world!  For more about Electronic Music at GHS, please visit http://www.greenwichschools.org/page.cfm?p=1460.  For more about Barbara Freedman, please visit: http://musicedtech.wordpress.com/
  • Date Submitted: December 2009
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