Music and Audio Technology immerses students in the world of contemporary music and audio production. Students are offered hands-on studio instruction in basics of keyboard theory, MIDI composition and arrangement, the elements of analog and digital recording, sound synthesis and live sound/stage production.
Based on college-level curriculum, the music courses at HTHS prepare students for rigorous post-secondary training.
Students graduate with the skills needed to pursue a professional career in music, including sight singing, keyboard proficiency, and an extensive knowledge of music history and its relevance to contemporary music styles.
Rod Shepard is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, producer, engineer, multi-instrumentalist, and arranger, and holds a BA in music. Performance work includes over 20 years as a guitarist/bassist/vocalist. A certified ProTools Operator with Expert-level training, as the owner/operator of a commercial project-recording studio, his expertise is in recording and music production, with ProTools as the central hub of the studio.
His work includes, but is not limited to production work for theater, and the concert stage as well. Some technical performance work experience includes live sound and live recording at such venues as Les Paul’s Iridium, recording such artists as The Les Paul Trio, Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, Robbie Kreiger of the Doors, Marshal Crenshaw, Anton Fig, Scott Henderson, Jack Wilkins, Valery Ponomarev Big Band, Walter Trout, Terese Geneco Big Band, as well as audio production for studios, radio and television (ESPN, TLC, Discovery Channels).
Combined with his work in band production and arranging for stage and studio, these are all experiences he enjoys sharing in his teaching at High Tech.