SONGER STUDIO
MUSIC PRODUCTION/TECHNOLOGY
The District 112 Music Production class is open to students in grades 6-8 at Chaska Middle School-West.  Music Production is taught by Heidi and Eric Songer.  The class meets in the fall once a week.  It is a class that is open to any student regardless of music experience.   

The class is designed to give students an opportunity to work on music technology projects of their choice after a presentation of many examples of projects and the technology used to create them.  Some examples of projects and software that students are taught include:

Original Song using Audacity, Garage Band or ProTools

Podcast using Garage Band

Film Scoring using Garage Band and iMovie

Music Video using Garage Band and iMovie

Website using iWeb, iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes and Garage Band

Composition using Finale

Electronica and Hip Hop songs using Garage Band and Scratch

Classical and Jazz projects using Garage Band, SmartMusic, Finale and Band In A Box

After the five week class, the students are given the opportunity to serve as the tech crew for music events during the school year at CMS-West.  Students set up and tear down gear, run sound and video equipment and serve as technical assistants to Mr. Songer for a variety of events including Evening with the Stars and Garage Band performances.   

Music Production began as Music Technology and was one of the first “non-traditional” courses offered by SongerStudio in 2005.  It has been offered once or twice a year ever since and is set up in such a way that students can take it many times to build on their knowledge.        

The last session of Music Production was offered once a week in the fall of 2013.  These students are running the sound, lights and video at 2013-14 music events.  

Music Production students are chosen from an elective offering at CMSW called “Music & The Image” co-taught by Colin Slaby and Eric Songer.  Students will still have the opportunity to run events throughout the school year.

Music Technology is meeting during the summer of 2019 at Chaska Middle School West.  Times and dates to be announced in March 2019. The class will give students an opportunity to DJ using Serato, create music using Ableton, Garage Band and Logic, and compose music using Finale.
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