Theory, composition and technology are the fundamental characteristics that enrich the “Theory, Analysis and Composition and Musical Technologies” laboratories active in some music high schools.
In this sense, the “Caterina Percoto” music high school in Udine provides us with a valuable example of how to structure such a laboratory, not forgetting the fact that the students, at the end of the study path, in addition to achieving the common learning outcomes, will have to:
- perform and interpret works from different eras, genres and styles, with independent study and self-assessment skills;
- participate in vocal and instrumental ensembles, with adequate ability to interact with the group;
- use a second instrument, polyphonic or monodic, to integrate the main and monodic or polyphonic instrument;
- know the basics of correct vocal emission;
- use the main electroacoustic and computer technologies related to music;
- know and use the main codes of musical writing;
- know the historical development of art music in its essential lines, as well as the main systematic categories applied to the description of traditional written and oral music;
- identify the traditions and contexts related to works, genres, authors, artists, movements, related to music and dance, also in relation to historical, cultural and social developments;
- grasp the aesthetic values in musical works of various genres and periods;
- know and analyze significant works of the musical repertoire;
- know the morphological and technological evolution of musical instruments.
The composition program
The composing program, usually building on its historical foundation in technology, finds strength in diversity with a strong emphasis on composing both acoustic and electronic music.
The theory program offers master-level study in music theory, enriching the study of performance, composition, and musicology. The educational and training program equips students with the theoretical, analytical, and scientific skills needed to contribute significantly to the field.
There is a wide range of opportunities for students interested in music technology, with courses in, for example, music technology and electro-acoustic music at some institutions ranging from introductory to advanced level. Students who compose electroacoustic music will find abundant resources in the state-of-the-art facilities of many Italian music high schools. High schools that have to bet on cutting-edge laboratories to operate well.
The importance of regulation
The regulation for the operation of some school teaching structures is essential so that (as in this specific case, for example, the Theory, Analysis and Composition and Musical Technologies laboratory) it is always efficient. It contains all the rules to be followed concerning both computer security and workplace safety as well as rules of conduct. The use of the laboratory by the students and by the teachers can only take place following a training approach useful for illustrating the operating characteristics of the laboratory itself. It is also useful for teachers who intend to use the laboratory to have at least minimal knowledge of the operating systems as well as the applications normally used in a laboratory. For this purpose, at the beginning of the school year, the head teacher appoints the technical assistant or a teacher to organize a small training course with all the teachers who intend to use the laboratory during the year.
Use of laboratories and equipment
Laboratories and equipment – we read in the “Regulations of the laboratory of Theory, Analysis and Composition and Musical Technologies” active at the Liceo Caterina Percoto in Udine directed, with exceptional competence, by the headteacher Prof. Gabriella Zanocco, an exceptional example of managerial ability and managerial – can only be used for:
- activities connected with the teaching function of TAC and Musical Technologies
- management and organization of the school service
- curricular and extracurricular planning
- educational purposes of the Institute and self-education.
Minimum rules for using the laboratory
It is obviously forbidden to use it for personal reasons and not pertaining to the teaching profession or training activity. For each Laboratory of Theory, Analysis and Composition and Musical Technologies, a Responsible Sub-Consignee is appointed by the DSGA on the binding indication of the DS. The Music Area teacher who intends to use the laboratory with his class must book the days and hours of use, considering that it is not possible to occupy the laboratory for more than three hours a day and for a maximum of three days a week. If the laboratory should be free, it is possible to request its use by contacting the responsible sub-consignee; in the event of multiple requests, the request of the teacher who used it for fewer hours during the week will be satisfied. Teachers who access the laboratories, both in curricular and extra-curricular hours, are required to book.
The Duties of the Laboratory Manager
The Duties of the Laboratory Manager – as stated in the “Regulations of the Theory, Analysis and Composition and Musical Technologies laboratory” active at the Liceo Caterina Percoto in Udine, which is attached as an example of excellent administrative and teaching practice – are:
- manage access;
- plan and manage laboratory activities;
- supervise pupils’ activities;
- give correct information about the use of the computer;
- give clear indications on the use of the Internet;
- check together with the laboratory technician that the students close the Internet connection at the end of the work session;
- request maintenance interventions;
- explain the rules of the Regulation to the pupils.