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We understand the significant challenges all educators face when it comes to bringing new-economy technologies, skills and opportunities to their students.


Providing your students with the skill set required for long-term success in a rapidly-evolving world is imperative and difficult. The responsibility of having to continually review, analyze, and revise a music program to keep up with the perpetually-advancing industry is a daunting one that we can help with. RAC has developed a number of valuable and inspiring resources that are great complements to your school's music program, and are completely free of charge.

We've developed these options to apply to a wide range of schools and their needs, so whether your school is within walking distance from an RAC campus or across the country, there may be a way we can help you improve your students' experiences as they pursue their creative aspirations.

For high school principals, guidance counsellors, and teachers looking for new ways to connect their students to world-class sound and music creation resources, we now offer a suite of possibilities for teachers and students alike:

Bring you class to our campus for special activities, or sign on to receive a live stream of one of the following types of activities:

  1. Workshops on the following topics:
    1. Songwriting
    2. Beat-making
    3. DJing
    4. Sound for film
  2. Seminars on the following topics:
    1. Songwriting
    2. Production
    3. Performance
    4. Post-production
    5. Industry
    6. Entrepreneurship
    7. Careers
  3. Band recording sessions:
    1. Experience professional band recordings
    2. Collaborate in student recording sessions

Sessions are offered in one-, two-, or three-hour blocks and can be scheduled according to your class schedule. One-hour sessions will cover single topics; longer sessions will cover multiple topics. Teachers may request specific topics that align with their teaching material. Alternately, we can provide a series of continuous topics designated by our program coordinator.

Our Outreach Program extends beyond class field trips to offer a structured, linear program that can be adapted to suit your objectives. In essence, the program comprises three areas:

 

  1. Workshops & Seminars
  2. Online Courses
  3. Mentorship & Individual Lessons

 

 

Workshops & Seminars

 

These singular activities introduce students to a range of topics, and can be scheduled as on-campus field trips or broadcasted as live streams directly to your school. Similar to the field trips mentioned above, our Workshops and Seminars cover the following areas:

 

  1. Workshops on the following topics:
    1. Songwriting
    2. Beat-making
    3. DJing
    4. Sound for film
  2. Seminars on the following topics:
    1. Songwriting
    2. Production
    3. Performance
    4. Post-production
    5. Industry
    6. Entrepreneurship
    7. Careers
  3. Band recording sessions:
    1. Experience professional band recordings
    2. Collaborate in student recording sessions

 

Online Courses

We have developed four brand new courses to offer exclusively to high schools like yours, to help turn your students into more creative and knowledgeable music creators. Each course can be made available to both teachers for use in the classroom and to students for use at home.

 

  1. Anatomy of Hits (Self-Paced)
    • Built around improving students' critical listening skills, Anatomy of Hits demonstrates how to analyze every aspect of a song both structurally and sonically to strengthen students' understanding of key musical concepts and how to implement them effectively in their own creations.
  2. Critical Listening Sessions (Scheduled)
    • Critical listening sessions are a popular form of lecture at RAC that focus on training students' ears to be able to hear details in music that affect its quality and delivery. With an emphasis on analyzing hit music, these sessions will take place every week in Studio A at RAC (day and time TBA). Those who cannot be present physically may sign on to the live stream. Once scheduled, students may reserve their seat (physical or virtual).
  3. Music Creation (Self-Paced)
    • This course was built to help students become effective music creators by taking them step-by-step through the process of creating a song. One of the biggest mistakes aspiring music creators make is failing to complete a project because it's not perfect. Those who take up the habit of seeing projects through to completion tend to improve more quickly.
  4. Song Critique Sessions (Scheduled)
    • Song critique sessions take a critical listening approach to critiquing students' original work. Analyzing how the song sounds through the ears of a professional, and subsequently how it stacks up to a hit song, is a key development tool for aspiring music creators that not only exposes areas for improvement in the song, but teaches them how to identify these areas on their own.

Depending on your needs as a teacher, the Outreach Program can be applied in the following formats:

  1. As an extracurricular program offered to students interested in exploring the field of sound and music (ideal for schools that do not offer a music program)
  2. As a supplementary resource for complimenting certain learning objectives (ideal for schools with more traditional music programs)
  3. As a fundamental resource for delivering creative and technological learning objectives (ideal for schools with alternative or progressive music programs)

We recognize that there are logistical factors to consider based on the nature of your school's music department. The purpose of this program is to augment the strengths that already exist within your school, be it a more classically-focused program seeking more creative applications of the music theory being taught, or a newly-acquired music lab or studio that requires new curricular material. If you believe that your students can benefit from integration with our Outreach Program, please contact one of our campus directors.

Join us at RAC for conferences on industry trends, updates to our educational resources, and directions for teachers to more effectively implement the material we provide. To find out when the next Teacher Seminar is, please contact Lisa Keca.


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