Students are offered classes in computer music technology software and its application and real-life usage.
The main software used is Finale. Other composing/arranging software used is Sibelius. These are the two main music composing software in use today.
The lessons/classes are held for one hour, once a week for 32 weeks. Students have access to the professional Finale/Sibelius software while using the school's computer, and have access to a free version at home on their own computers.
The lessons are taught primarily by Executive Director Thomas Piercy. Mr. Piercy is a published composer and has helped edit works published by Boosey & Hawkes and Carl Fischer, Inc.
Guest teachers from the professional composing, arranging, and recording field are brought in to demonstrate further usage of software such as Finale, Sibelius, and ProTools.
Students are encouraged to compose their own pieces as well as arrange and orchestrate others' works. Students are taught the details of music copying and layout for professional use. These skills are highly useful to them as musicians in the fields of performance, composing, copyist, editing and publishing.
Students, faculty, guest artists, and ensembles-in-residence perform some of these works throughout the year at school concerts and events. Student ensembles perform arrangements made by students in the class.
Contact the school at 719-748-7860 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information on class schedule and registration.
Examples of Original Compositions and Arrangements from the students of the Music Software and Technology Class