Author Archives: Sam Williams

Just Write (Sam)

This class is what the title says, Just Write. Let’s gather to work on building our writing skills in a relaxed way. I find that just taking the time to write and process thoughts and ideas helps us to stay connected to the skill of writing. We will have time to free write (journal), work on specific projects, blog, and even the chance to do collaborative work. If you’re looking to get more into writing or take the time to just write more, this is the class for you!

Sound Production (Sam)

 

What goes into making a song sound clean and well produced? This class teaches students to mix audio using traditional and modern digital audio workstation techniques. Topics focus on training the student’s ear to identify different instruments and ranges to better blend music. This course may also cover different types of music editing and surround sound. Audio mixing may be aimed at beginning or advanced students and taught through streaming audio and self-produced songs.

Wo Pop – World Music and Pop Culture (Sam)

 

Do you ever wonder what music is like in other parts of the world? Being a HUGE music lover, I often find myself wondering about that very thing. Often I’m finding myself going on Spotify and seeing what’s available in many parts of the world.

We will explore music in a variety of ways and find out what makes music so popular in different cultures. We will look for commonalities and differences in sounds and lyrics, and learn about the relationship music holds with that particular culture. Who knows? Maybe we will discover where some of the sounds in America originated from!!!

Cultural Geography (People and Places) – MS (Sam)

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

How can one expand their knowledge and study people, places, and societies of the contemporary world? Through a number of different activities, students will explore the influence of individuals and groups on historical and contemporary events, and identify the locations and geographic characteristics of various societies throughout the world. In this class, students will be able to identify different ways of organizing economic and governmental systems

Power to the People (Anya)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

This class is going to be a mix of protest history, and learning about what’s going on right now both locally and on a larger scale in terms of demonstrations and protests. We will cover some BLM, LGBTQ+, Women’s rights, and Indigenous celebration/rights focused protests through things like YouTube vids, podcasts, guests, etc… I (Anya) acknowledge that I am a white/able-bodied/cisgendered person who cannot speak to the experiences of people in communities I do not fit into in the US. That’s why it’s really important to me to have POC, LGBTQ+, Indigenous, female identified, etc.. guest speakers who can speak to those perspectives. Our hope is that this will be a chill space where people feel comfortable enough to ask questions and learn through mistakes. If you’re open to come and join us, we’d love to have you!

Anthropology – HS (Sam)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

This class studies the various branches of anthropology that deal with the study of culture. The discipline uses the methods, concepts, and data of archaeology, ethnography, folklore, linguistics, and related fields in its descriptions and analyses of the diverse peoples of the world. Called social anthropology in Britain, its field of research was, until the mid-20th century, largely restricted to the small-scale (or “primitive”), non-Western societies that first began to be identified during the age of discovery. Today the field extends to all forms of human association, from village communities to corporate cultures to urban gangs. Two key perspectives used are those of holism (understanding society as a complex, interactive whole) and cultural relativism (the appreciation of cultural phenomena within their own context). Areas of study traditionally include social structure, law, politics, religion, magic, art, and technology.

Art through the Ages (Sam)

 

This class will introduce art within historical, social, geographical, political, and religious contexts. How do we look at different works of art and express the deeper meaning behind them? Let get into great conversations about the things we experience and do some creating of our own.