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Proposition 2

Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students (NBPTS, 1989)

Rationale

In order for students to participate successfully in the experiential exercises depicted in the video for Proposition 1 Artifact 1 they need to be prepared.  This starts with a fundamental understanding of what equipment needs to be set up at an event and how that setup needs to occur.  This lesson plan for CT 150 Intro to Live Sound Technology steps first-year audio students through the process of creating what is called a “Tech Rider” for a concert.  A Tech Rider spells out exactly what is required by the engineering staff to support the artist that will be performing.  Knowing how to read and create a rider is a vital skill for any aspiring live sound engineer.  This lesson plan guides students through the process of creating a rider for any band that they envision, with a few basic rules.

This lesson is real world in nature, which speaks to the thorough understanding that the instructor has of the subject matter.  The student is also free to make this rider without the fear of real event looming over their shoulders.  It is for a hypothetical concert freeing the student from undue stress.  It is for those reasons that this lesson was chosen for Proposition 2.         

Reflection

This lesson was originally created to accompany the final exam in CT 150 Into to Live Sound Technology.  It was expanded to its current state to allow for more scaffolding, as some students didn’t feel they had enough understanding of a tech rider’s requirements to complete the final.  In order to better teach the concepts to the students the lesson was expanded beyond the lab work that initially preceded the creation of the Tech Rider and the final exam.  The current lesson allows for a more gradual release of responsibility, which is a far more effective way to teach to Tech Rider concepts.

The Tech Rider is a fundamental document in the live sound industry and must be taught to students early in their education.  Especially because they will begin to see them at every event they work in their very next semester.  This lesson also helps to prepare students for the senior capstone lesson, which represents Article 2 below.  Considering the process and steps that this lesson went through, and takes students through, it is a complete representation of Proposition 2.

Rationale

A Tech Rider is the industry standard document for what is referred to as “Advancing the Show.”  This senior capstone lesson describes the process that a live student goes through in order to effectively prepare for an event.  This lesson is as authentic an assessment of a live sound student’s skills as can be created.  This lesson emulates what a graduate may experience working as a tour manager for a major artist, while at the same time representing the culmination of his or her technical and leadership skills.  This lesson is a prime example of knowing what to teach and exactly how to teach it.

Reflection

This lesson was originally created as a way to assess the work that our senior live sound students were doing.  It has grown into a representation of what our live sound program is.  This is the capstone lesson.  Its connection to Proposition 2 is clear but would not be complete without understanding that this lesson goes hand-in-hand with Artifact 1 above.  It’s a logical progression.  Artifact 1 describes the first step in how students reach the senior skill level represented by Artifact 2.  While each artifact stands on its own, it is both artifacts together that show a program wide understanding by the faculty of the core content knowledge and how to teach it.