About Our Music Technology Program
The North Valley Arts Academies (NVAA) Music Technology Program explores the development and production of sound in a progressively rigorous curriculum to gain the skills to work in the music industry. Students will not only explore, but experience an engaging class that focuses on the creation, recording, mixing, performing, and production of music. There are field trips to fine art staples across metropolitan Phoenix, such as the Music Instrument Museum and Scottsdale Arts. Guest artists from the fine arts community visit frequently, providing presentations, workshops, and master classes.
To join the NVAA Music Technology Program there is an application process. Students must complete the application in order to enroll into the Dance Program.
Music Technology Instructor Bio
Nicholas Popovich has been teaching music in Arizona since 2012. During this time, he taught band, choir, general music, guitar, and strings. It was in 2016 that he was selected to design and implement a fully integrated Music Technology component for the North Valley Arts Academies at PV Schools. He also teaches adjunct at Paradise Valley Community College and does various consulting for progressive, technology-infused fine arts curriculum. Nicholas has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Westminster College, a Master of Arts degree in Music from Arizona State University, Professional Certificates from Berklee School of Music in both Ableton Live and Avid Pro Tools, and an Apple Teacher certification. He actively participates in various organizations such as Technology in Music Education, National Association of Music Merchants, Arizona Music Education Association, National Association for Music Education, and the Consortium for Innovation and Transformation in Music Education.
Students who are enrolled into dance program will acquire skills that will transfer into the student's everyday life. Students will continue to build and enhance many of these skills, enabling them to effectively communicate with others verbally as well as through written forms of communication. The students will begin to take on leadership roles and over seeing and management of projects and much more!
- Critical thinking skills
- Ability to work individually and collaboratively
- Creative problem-solving skills
- Performance and presentation skills
- Ability to work under pressure
- Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
Music Technology Course Plan
Comprehensive Musicianship is a course in which students will advance their musical knowledge and skill through multiple forms of instruction, primarily ones involving music technology. Students will synthesize musical materials and discover conceptual connections through individual & group performance, formal analysis, and composition. Students will learn and demonstrate music creation skills and composition techniques. They will use production techniques to capture the performances. Skills in keyboard, guitar, vocals, and any other necessary instruments will be acquired. The "How-to" of creating music for a certain audience or a specific instruction will be developed, often through composing music for other NVAA components.
Students reinforce and further develop their comprehensive musicianship skills. They will use their individual creative process and working knowledge of music and technology to enhance live performances. Students will also capture sound from these performance and engineer the audio into high-quality recordings.
Students will learn and demonstrate music creation skills and composition techniques. They will use production techniques to perform their created works and audio recording techniques to capture the performances. Skills in keyboard, guitar, vocals, and any other necessary instruments will be acquired. The "How-to" of creating music for a certain audience or a specific instruction will be developed, often through composing music for other NVAA components.
Students will partake in an in-depth study of music in a recording studio setting. They will work with audio engineers, producers, and performers. The class is structured so that students will be placed in local recording studios and receive internship credit.
Successful Career Pathways
- Film and Video Editor
- Music Composer
- Sound Engineering Technician
- Video Game Music
- Film / TV Music Production
- Music Director
- Music Therapist
- Sound Technician
- Recording Engineer
- Studio Manager/Owner
- Audio Engineer
- Digital Remastering Engineer
- Live Sound Engineer
- Recording Equipment Manufacturer's Rep/Customer Service
- Mastering Engineer (Post-Production Engineer)
- Record Company Staff
- Studio Designer
- Studio Technician/Maintenance
- Music Editor
- Audio Developer