Just an Ideal

| March 1, 2011

With graduation approaching rapidly I am beginning to worry about my future. Now I’m not worrying in the “Oh my goodness what will become of me?” kind of way. It’s more of a “Where do I go from here?” kind of thing. I strongly believe that I will have little difficultly finding a job. The right job on the other hand? That’s a different story.

Let’s play with some ideals here. Take one BA in Music Production and Engineering and add one MA in Music Education. Apply the proper electromusic current and…

Here you have it: A high school music technology teacher. What’s next? How about a large classroom, possibly in a remote part of the school where lots of noise can be made. Add a swath of iMacs filled with the latest music software including Pro Tools, Sibellius, and Final Cut. Let’s not forget an equipment closet full of microphones, cables, midi controllers, and percussion instruments. And make sure the smart board is screwed to the wall tight. Just to go overboard here let’s add a sound proof booth and an 8 channel Mackie board.

This all looks good… Now what about the curriculum?

Perhaps the music technology course could fuse with the more traditional music theory and music history courses offered. Beginning with early classical music students could use programs like Sibellius and Garage Band to notate their own inspired works after learning the styles history, listening to it’s composers, and learning it’s cadences. Going forward this kind of approach could translate into other styles, genres, and time periods. Things can really get exciting beginning with early-recorded music. Students would not only learn about the music’s history and it’s composers but would also have the opportunity (or at least use similar techniques) to record the studied music. This could evolve from a one mic operation, to a basic four-track recorder, to analog tape, and beyond. This would allow students a much greater understanding of music within its historical and technological contexts.