Tech Lab Opening
2016-2017 Annual Report
Education Through Music (ETM), in partnership with One World Middle School M.S. 529 in the Bronx, unveiled its new, state-of-the-art music technology lab on Wednesday, October 6, 2016. The classroom, equipped with 32 student workstations, was designed to serve all students with a comprehensive and sequential music curriculum in a hands-on, project-based learning environment.
“One World Middle School is thrilled to have this state-of-the-art classroom to inspire student learning through both technology and music,” said Patricia Wynne, M.S. 529 principal. “This lab continues our commitment to ensure that each student has the best educational experience possible.”
Each workstation is outfitted with:
- 27-inch Apple iMac computer
- Korg M50-61 note MIDI keyboard
- Saffire Pro40 audio interface by Focusrite
- Yamaha electric/acoustic guitar
- Peripole tenor ukulele
- Shure SM58 microphone
“Nearly all kids listen to music outside of school – it is everywhere. Through this technology, students become the music makers, not only the music listeners. They’re able to satisfy national and local curricular requirements, while relating it to their own life experiences,” said Nick LaFleur, Deputy Director, Partner School Programs for Education Through Music.
Students will find themselves on the cutting edge of music technology, working in programs like Apple’s Logic Pro X and Garage Band. They will use Finale Notation Software to create, edit, audition, print and publish musical scores. They will also work through some computer-assisted instruction programs, namely Musition and Auralia by Rising Software. These programs support independent learning through ear training and music theory exercises.
Andy King, City Council Member and Paul King, Executive Director of the Office of the Arts and Special Projects for the New York City Department of Education spoke on the importance of music education in schools during the event’s reception.
“Through music and art, we find the next Picasso,” said Andy King. “Through music and art, we find the great mind that decides that they want to find a cure for something that we can’t figure out today. So, I’m just so grateful to be a part of whatever I can do to find and place some funding that will help children develop and be stronger adults.”
While all of the computers are networked together using Apple Remote Desktop, the audio is networked separately using Korg’s Group Education Controller 5 (GEC5). The GEC5, currently “the most advanced system in group instruction technology,” allows the music teacher to connect audio from different workstations together so students can communicate, perform and collaborate on musical projects.