Category Archives: Technology

Beatcraft (Brandon Bermudez)

This is a beginner/intermediate music theory and song creation class. Students will learn how to read and interpret written music, as well as operate software-based music creation tools. This class will go over the most fundamental music ideas from rhythm and time, to melodies and chord progressions. Do not worry if you don’t play an instrument since this is NOT a performance class, though you will learn to understand the piano as it is our primary interface for making music. Students will need a computer, headphones, Google Chrome, and a BandLab account.

Required texts/materials: BandLab Students will be responsible for obtaining their own texts/materials. Materials should be procured by: Before the first class

Cut It Out! (Scobie)

MakerMade M2 CNC KitMakerMade M2 CNC Kit
Who wants to be on a small team (6 students max)  who help develop, install, and learn about the new computer-controlled plywood-cutting robot I’ve ordered for the shop?  This class will include:

  • Unboxing a kit that lets us build and install a CNC router capable of cutting any shape into a plywood or other panel up to 4 x 8 feet!
  • Designing a way to install this tool and cutting rack onto the east wall of the shop
  • Testing and calibrating the machine
  • Setting up a dust collection system for the machine
  • Practicing digital drawing and design in Sketchup in order to develop the skills to design projects for the machine
  • Learning the software that drives the tool path, and how to convert technical design drawings to tool paths.
  • Developing helpful videos for teaching others to use the cutter
  • Trying out early projects
  • And, more important than any of these things: naming the machine! :-).

*Podcasting/AV Club (MS/HS) (Year long) (TSam)

Podcasting has now become one of the coolest ways to acquire information in the present, digital age. While traveling, exercising, or relaxing; your average person is usually tuned into their favorite show. Recently, the popularity of podcasts took to new heights with the deep interest in shows like True Crime, and other mystery-based, story-led programs. Whether you’re into listening to podcasts or always wanted to create your own, this Is the class for you. 

Also, this class will double as a space for our new starting Audio/Visual Club! The purpose of this club is to help create a new culture around filming our school events while keeping our audio (and other video effects) in great working order. This club will be a starting point for a permanent need in our community. We will learn/enhance our skills in camera work, audio sourcing, mixing, and making sure lighting and other visual needs are being met on a high level.


 (Limited to 8 students, max)




Wo Pop (MS/HS) (TSam)

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 find 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!!!

Note: Headphones and a music account (Spotify) are required!

Mature Themes –  Lyrics in songs can use language not appropriate for all students.