• Central High School Bobcat Bands

    Plan for Success


    Central High School Performing Arts

    Director of Bands/Music Technology: Kevin Weingartner


    (602) 764-7546


    PUHSD Core Values:

    Be Compassionate, Collaborative, Committed, Courageous, Creative, Conscious


    Classes Covered by Plan for Success:

    Creating Music through Technology 1-2: Fall and Spring


    No. of Credits: 0.5 per semester

    Grade Levels: 9-12


    Course Description:

    This course is designed to teach elements of music through several types of technological medium. Student will learn the basics of music industry skills such as recording and postproduction. Students will also create and organize sounds using technology in a way that will be musically and educationally beneficial. This project-based course will focus on a specific musical concept while allowing students the freedom to explore and learn in areas of their own personal interest. 

    Prerequisites: None

    Objectives (Based on National, State, and District Standards):

    • To create and present music using technological media
    • To respond and connect to a variety of music and musical technology
    • To develop music literacy skills and to build awareness of one’s role as a consumer of music


    Materials Required:

    • There is a $10.00 course fee per semester payable to the bookstore. This money is used for materials, equipment and iTunes purchases.
    • Headphones (NOTE: these are to be used for this class and not around campus.  You are responsible for bringing them every day and having them confiscated by security is not an excuse to come unprepared for class.)

    Title I Program

    Academic tutoring and test preparation is available to all students. Additional support for passing classes and graduating on time is the intent of these services. Support through Title I funding is available in the areas of: math, reading and English. If interested, please contact the Principal, Ms. Leticia Avalos or Assistant Principal for Instruction, Jacob Lambert for additional information at 602-764-7500.

    District Attendance Policy

    “Absent” is defined as nonattendance in an assigned class or activity for more than one-half of the period. (PUHSD Governing Board Policy J-1561 JHR)

    “Tardy” is defined as not being in the assigned class or activity when the tardy bell has finished ringing. (PUHSD Governing Board Policy J-1561 JHR)

    Please refer to student procedures handbook regarding excused/unexcused absences.

    Grading System

    The course is designed around 2 major components: discussion and creation.  Participation in both elements are essential for success in the course.  Come each day with an open mind and a willingness to appreciate multiple forms of artistic endeavor and a variety of perspectives related to musical and personal experience.

    Approximate Grade Breakdown:

    60% - Participation (based on rubric)                     30% - Project Completion              10% - Final Exam

    **Accommodations will be made for IEP’s and 504 Plans

    Make-Up Work

    Music Technology is a class which requires you to be present every day for discussions and project work.  Almost all of what we do in class involves working with technology that is not available for the students to take home, making it impossible to recover missed work when absent. It is your responsibility to make up missed projects and assignments at a time that is prearranged with the instructor and corresponds with times when the lab is available. No make-up assignments or late work will be accepted for unexcused absences.

    Discussion Content Disclaimer

    Through the course of our units we will be discussing media literacy and analyzing music videos.  There will be content presented that may be of a PG-13 or Mature (M rating) nature and will require a high level of academic maturity for participation in the discussions.  If at any time a student feels uncomfortable with the content they may be excused from the conversation.  Projects may be altered slightly to create a more appropriate content for the comfort of the individual students, however the project work must still be completed to the same level.


    Parent Experience

    Please familiarize yourselves with the computerized Student/ParentVue and class website.  One of the features of this program provides a link that allows both the parent and student to view the student’s information, academic progress, and missing assignments. Your child can show you how to do this.

    Technology Use

    Our current technology, and the internet, has great promise for sharing ideas and knowledge.  As part of any course, you may be required to utilize a teacher-selected, free email program, blog, and/or other applications. The Phoenix Union High School District filters the Internet in an effort to block materials that are inappropriate. However, even the best filters will not stop someone who is intent on visiting inappropriate sites. If you knowingly visit inappropriate sites, you will be disciplined as outlined in the PUHSD Student handbook. Remember the basic rules for Internet safety at all times and manage your technology use appropriately to promote a successful educational climate.

    Technology Expectations & Procedures:

    • Gum & Food is NOT allowed at any time. Beverages are only allowed in containers with secure lids and may not be consumed while using technology.  This privilege may be taken away at any time.
    • Students may not use classroom technology without permission at any time.
    • Students must completely log off or power down their station when leaving the space.
    • Monitor your search content to ensure the academic appropriateness of the materials.


    Lab Availability

    The lab will be open during class only. Students will be given ample time to complete projects and continue to refine them during class time.  Students needing additional time for their projects may arrange a time to come in and work under instructor supervision.  All additional lab time must be arranged at least 1 school day in advance.  Computers are available on a first come, first serve basis.

    NOTE:  Computers will not be available during Advisory period, as instructor supervision is unavailable in the Music Technology Lab during this time.