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Computer Lab used for music technology courses Mr. Shaun Cloonan (Music Theory, Music Technology)
Mr. Chris Rodack (AP Music Theory)

North Hills High School's music department is equipped with a fine arts lab, which enables music theory and technology courses to be offered. This lab includes a teacher workstation, LCD projector with AppleTV, printer and 12 student workstations with the following components:

  • 27" iMac computer with keyboard and mouse, running OSX Sierra
  • Yamaha MIDI Keyboard with USB connector
  • Focusrite 2i2 - 2.0 USB Audio Interface
  • MakeMusic Finale v25 Notation Software
  • PG Music Band-in-a-Box 2017 Accompaniment & Composition Software
  • AVID ProTools 12 Digital Audio Workstation Software
  • Access to Alfred Essentials of Music Theory online lessons
  • GarageBand
  • iMovie
Additionally, the high school library/media center is equipped with a recording studio with control room that has an iMac connected to a PreSonus 16-channel mixing board.  A variety of dynamic and condensor as well as USB microphones and a VDrum kit are available for use in this space.

Music Theory - The purpose of this course is to enhance the students’ understanding of the underlying principles of music. The course covers topics ranging from basic rhythm to modes of the minor scale. Students will also explore music software and online resources throughout the class. Successful completion of this course is required to enroll in Music Technology and/or AP Music Theory.
Semester Course, Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 

Music Technology - The purpose of this course is to explore technology resources used to create, evaluate, arrange, and perform music. Real-world applications of music technology are discussed, and topics covered include: sound systems and recording, film scoring, radio commercials and jingles. Software packages utilized include GarageBand, iMovie, Band-in-a-Box, Finale, and ProTools.
Semester Course, Prerequisite: Music Theory. Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

AP (Advanced Placement) Music Theory - AP Music Theory develops a student’s ability to recognize, understand and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. The achievement of this goal is promoted by integrated approaches to the student’s development of aural, sight-singing, written, analytic and compositional skills.
This course requires the successful completion of Music Theory or teacher recommendation.

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