2018 School of Rock New Market Summer School Schedule

Course Description

Overview of the yearlong course: capitalcomtech.info/rock

No experience necessary. In this program, you get to check out an electric guitar and small MIDI piano keyboard controller, take them home, plug them into a computer, play, record, and collaborate with other students. In-School of Rock, you learn how to play guitar, use a MIDI controller, use a DAW (digital audio workstation), record music, publish music, learn some music history, and even learn a little about music theory to compose your own music. Yes! All this!

More Detail

This course prepares individuals to apply creative and technical knowledge and skills to the production of sound recordings as components of music, podcasts, film/video, broadcast, live sound, and mixed media productions. The course includes instruction in playing electric guitar, using a midi controller (piano keyboard), (virtual) sound equipment operation and maintenance; music, dialogue, and sound reinforcement effects recording; soundtrack editing; dubbing and mixing; sound; WAV and MP3 creation; Foley (film and game sound effects); and knowledge on how to work with producers, editors, directors, artists, and production managers.


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Week 1 Week 2 Week 3
Projects Projects Projects
Mon. LEADERSHIP: Papers turned in

Complete My Presentation and Portfolio


Complete How Bass Works

Create Final Composition blog post

time line

Review Composition: Song Structures

Review Composition: Arrangement

Berklee Online College of Music

LEADERSHIP: Elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate their own ideas in order to improve and maximize creative efforts


Watch Kaley Cuoco’s tearful engagement video from her boyfroend Karl Cook

Listen to contrast with Des’ree – You Gotta Be (Contrast with being on beat in the verse and syncopating the chorus)


Watch End Writer’s Block: 20 Songwriting Tips from Andrea Stolpe

FINAL: Complete a change in SoundTrap.com of your final composition and justify in writing on the Andrea Stolpe Songwriting Tools (PDF) handout and turn in to Mr. Le Duc by 2PM

FINAL: Share change in class by playing the changed section and assess your 21st skills development on the 21st Skills handout and turn in to Mr. Le Duc by 2PM


Create YuGiOh Personality Card and career search

Complete Listen Safely blog post

Build a Marshmallow Tower

LEADERSHIP: Info Literacy

Watch TED:Joshua Foer: Feats of memory anyone can do

Watch Freakonomics – How to Become Great at Just About Anything

Watch Rusty Cage – SoundgardenJohnny Cash

Watch Fleetwood Mac song composition from Equalization, Dynamics, and Processing

Watch and Take notes Science and Engineering of Sound


Record voice into Microphones – Mic Auditions Material

FINAL: Complete Final Sound Production and start blog post and turn in half sheet to Mr. Le Duc Wednesday morning

FINAL: Share change in class by playing the changed section and assess your 21st skills development on the 21st Skills handout and turn in to Mr. Le Duc by lunch
Wed. LEADERSHIP: Perserverance

Complete How Melody Works blog post

LEADERSHIP: Communication

Create blog post and write notes on: Foundamentals of Sound in Post Production

Watch and think about: Scenius explained by Brian Eno

Add to Music Creation and Production Checklist

Print name and instrument on white board for performance part of the song

Download and listen to your Microphone Recording

Review to Microphone Project and Script (PDF) and record intro and conclusion and add to SoundTrap.com

FINAL: Complete at least two elements composed in SoundTrap.com


Watch What Makes This Song Great? Ep.18 MAX MARTIN by Rick Beato


Examine Composition Arrangement Elements details

Learn about Mastering

Watch School of Rock 

FINAL: Present final composition and complete Final Sound Production blog post and turn in half sheet to Mr. Le Duc

Well Composed Class Blog


Thurs. LEADERSHIP: Collaboration

Complete How Harmony Works blog post 

LEADERSHIP: Work Independently


Watch Peaceful Warrior – Trailer

Watch Louis Zamperini in Unbroken Movie Clip – Don’t Look at Me!

Watch Grapes of Wrath (Tom Joad) – BookMovie –  Song – Tom Morello Bio


Watch and learn from Andrea Stolpe 5 Songwriting Tools That Change Everything


Import the Microphone Project  intro, conclusion and mic recording into SoundTrap.com

Establish contibutions to your final in SoundTrap and email Le Duc, sleduc@osd.wednet.edu


Sign up for recording time on white board

FINAL: Complete at least two more elements composed in SoundTrap.com

Fri. LEADERSHIP: Creativity

Watch How to be Happy

Watch Success, failure and the drive to keep creating

Complete How Rhythm Worksblog post

LEADERSHIP: Adapt to Change


Watch U2: Song Exploder, Jack Johnson: Cookie Jar, Heart:  Barracuda Story, Public EnemyMiuzi Weighs a Ton, Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy, the – Television, The Drug Of The Nation, Michael Franti – Yell Fire, Time to Go HomeSay Hey I Love You, Bibi McGillSuperbowl HalftimeDixie ChicksNot Ready To Make Nice


Watch #1 Songs 90’s through 00’s

Review Triad/Motif/Riff

Complete the Microphones Project Blog Post (Mix, & Publish)

FINAL: Complete draft of all elements in SoundTrap.com,

FINAL: share your element it’s hook with the class before the end of the day

Final Project Elements and Compositions

Compose, record, mix, and master a song with these elements by the end of the course:


Monday, July 6th, 2020



Blog Portfolio and Being Organized

  • Create Edublogs.org blog account and email Mr. Le Duc your Edublogs address, sleduc@osd.wednet.edu
  • Explore options for an About Me page
  • Review Trusted Systems – use it daily

Pitching and Presenting

Learning Styles and Customizing the Class



  • Most productions will be in teams with students taking on various production roles

Course Description

  • Length of class: 2 years
  • Occupational Ed Elective Credit: 9, 10, 11, and 12
  • School of Rock – Recording Arts and Sound Reinforcement Technology OSPI CIP Code 100203 A course that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to the production of sound recordings as finished products or as components of film/video, broadcast, live, and mixed media productions. Includes instruction in sound equipment operation and maintenance; music, dialogue, and sound reinforcement effects recording; sound track editing; dubbing and mixing; sound; tape, disk, and CD production; digital recording and transmission; amplification, effects, Foley; and working with producers, editors, directors, artists, and production managers.


The School of Rock framework is designed with information from numerous industry and professional sources including:

  • Eargle, John (2005). The Microphone Handbook. Focal Press; Second Edition.
  • Goodall, Howard (2006-11-18). How Music Works Series. Channel 4, BBC.
  • Hass, Jeffrey, Gibson, John and Warren, Alicyn (2016-06-29). http://www.indiana.edu/~emusic/ Center for Electronic and Computer Music. Indiana University.
  • Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA) Standards, http://www.meiea.org/Journal/Vol.10/Tough-2010-MEIEA-Journal-Vol-10-No-1-p149.pdf
  • Owsinski, Bobby (2013-05-01). The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook, Second Edition. Course Technology PTR.
  • Owsinski, Bobby (2013-09-30). The Recording Engineer’s Handbook. Course Technology PTR.
  • Plummer, Mary (2014-07-09). Apple Pro Training Series: GarageBand. Pearson Education.
  • Powell, John (2010-11-03). How Music Works: The Science & Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond. Little, Brown & Company.
  • Randlette, Peter, (2016-06-29). Instructor of Digital Media, Sound Design, Media Technology. Evergreen State College.
  • Weiss, Matthen, (2014-09-10). The Pro Audio Files http://theproaudiofiles.com/teaching-music-production/

The Power of Project Based Learning

Screencasts – Assistance in Self-Directed Learning

Academic Integrity


Grade Scale

Level Letter Skyward High % Skyward Low % Descriptor
4 A 100.00% 92.50% Advanced. Consistently exceeds proficient level of standard(s).
3.5 A- 92.49% 86.67% Proficient but partial success at advanced level.
B+ 86.66% 80.84%
3 B 80.83% 75.00% Proficient. Consistently (usually) meets standard(s).
2.5 B- 74.99% 66.67% Basic but partial success at proficient level.
C+ 66.66% 58.34%
2 C 58.33% 50.00% Basic. Inconsistently (occasionally) meets standard(s).

Grade Scoring Table

  20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2.5 2.5 2.5 3 3 3.5 3.5 4 4
19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 2.5 2.5 2.5 3 3.5 3.5 4 4
18 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2.5 2.5 2.5 3 3.5 3.5 4 4
C 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 2.5 2.5 2.5 3 3.5 3.5 4 4
O 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 2.5 2.5 3 3.5 3.5 4 4
M 15 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 2.5 2.5 3 3 3.5 4 4
P 14 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 2.5 2.5 3 3.5 4 4
E 13 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2.5 2.5 3 3.5 3.5 4
T 12 0 0 0 1 1 2 2.5 2.5 3 3.5 4 4
E 11 0 0 1 1 1 2 2.5 3 3 3.5 4
N 10 0 1 1 1 2 2.5 3 3.5 3.5 4
C 9 0 1 1 1 2.5 3 3 3.5 4
I 8 1 1 1 2 2.5 3 3.5 4
E 7 1 1 2 2.5 3 3.5 4
S 6 1 1 2 3 3.5 4
5 1 2 2.5 3.5 4
4 1 2 3 4
3 1 3 4
2 2 4
1 4
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Self Authored Projects

  • Technical and creative media skills are developed through project work, working toward mastery
  • Projects are composed of a plan and a product
  • Each project is about two weeks in length
  • Students produce projects throughout the term
  • Students present the product the last day of the project cycle

Skills Development Projects

  • Skills development is embedded into each project with emphasis on 21st Century world of work core skills

Daily Work

  • Students will receive a daily grade for being on task with the daily work. Credit will be reduced for any conduct not contributing to an academic atmosphere. Credit will not be granted if the student is absent, but the points can be made up upon return. Please refer to the online class schedule ad Skyward for missing work and consult with the teacher for make-up work.

Self Evaluation

  • Students will publish blog entry detailing their work for projects
  • Included in the entry will be a paragraph highlighting what was done and learned
  • A screenshot showing an example of the work and progress will be included
  • Sample Student Evaluation


  • Students will maintain a journal
  • The journal details what was done and learned
  • Sample journal entry


  • Students will contribute to the learning community in a meaningful way
  • 21st Century Skills will be demonstrated daily