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  • Students Create Eye-Catching Signage

    Walk through Building B at our Center for Career Services and you'll see the incredible work of our Commercial Art students, whose creativity can be seen in the form of vinyl wraps currently on display in various areas of the building.

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  • Join our Cisco Academy Networking Program information sessions!

    Learn about our Cisco Academy Networking Program on Monday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m., in Building B on our Career Services campus, 65 Grasslands Road, Valhalla. Register here! 

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  • Students at Tappan Hill School "Lend a Helping Hand"

    Tappan Hill students learned the value of lending a hand around their school during the month of January, a reflection on the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • Southern Westchester BOCES Congratulates Region's Reward Schools

    Southern Westchester BOCES congratulates region's newly identified Reward Schools.  

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  • Mother of 2 thanks SWBOCES for helping her set example for kids

    Lisa Wilson-Patrick, a 40-year-old mother of two, is thankful to SWBOCES for allowing her to set a positive example for her children, ages 6 and 15.

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  • Second Quarter Breakfast Celebrates Students' Achievements

    At the Center for Career Services' second-quarter breakfast, several students received awards for their high academic performance. 

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  • Students Get Ready for SkillsUSA Competition

    Students in Christine Ireland's Architecture/Interior Design/3D Art class were practicing the steps necessary to compete successfully in the upcoming SkillsUSA competition, to take place in March. The activity was being done in conjunction with SkillsUSA Day 2018. 

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  • Students Avail of Work-Based Learning Hours Through Collaboration with YWCA

    Students in our Cosmetology Program at the Center for Career Services are getting valuable work-based learning hours through a special collaboration with the YWCA in White Plains. 

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  • Students Learn from Visit to Automotive Technology Center

    A class visit to the Herbert Kurz Automotive Technology Center at Rockland Community Center gave BOCES auto students a peek into the school's well-respected associate's degree program in automotive technology. 

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  • Sound Production Students Will Learn from New Digital Drum Set

    Students in the BOCES Sound Production Program at the Center for Career Services will benefit from a digital drum set that was purchased recently. 

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  • Auto Students Bring Back Coveted Prizes

    Two teams of automotive technology students did their teachers proud after they competed and won a fifth and sixth place at the Westchester/Rockland Regional Automotive Technology Competition in early January. 

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  • Auto Students Work Toward Careers in the Industry

    Making a career for themselves in the auto industry is on the minds of our students as they sit for the ASE exam. 

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  • Drum Performance Helps Students Get Creative

    Architectural students had some help getting creative, thanks to a drum performance held in their class Jan. 29. 

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  • SWBOCES, Questar collaborate on future assessments

    Southern Westchester BOCES was chosen to host educators from throughout the region to collaborate with Questar Assessment on a three-day item-writing workshop.

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  • Sharing and Caring the Theme of Special Assembly

    Students at the Tappan Hill School enjoyed a special assembly at their school Jan. 22 to honor Martin Luther King Jr., Day and to reinforce the importance of sharing and caring. 

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Live Drum Performance Inspires Creativity

Live Drum Performance Inspires Creativity

Students in Christine Ireland’s Architecture/Interior Design/3D Art class are used to creating projects based on her directions or from other external resources, but on Jan. 29 they were expected to get their inspiration in a new way. 

Thanks to a collaboration with the TV/Video and Sound Production programs, the students had the opportunity to gain inspiration and ideas from a drum playing session right in their classroom.

The lesson, titled “What Does Music Look Like?” was intended to prompt the architecture students to come up with ideas for new wall art, but also to draw their attention to the effects that different sounds can have on an architectural space.

Both teachers agreed that while much discussion goes into the merits of, say, green building, there is often less about how building sounds can make people feel. Spaces that are designed and lived in all have distinctive sounds, they said, whether people consciously hear them or not.

A newly purchased digital drum set was the perfect addition to the lesson. The Roland TD-30 is a 10-piece electronic drum with a module set that the students used, together with a stereo amplifier.

Sean Harty, an instructor in the Sound Production Program, will be using the set to teach students how to record the drums, which is one of the harder instruments to record, as well as microphone placement and techniques in music composition and producing.

The students will also be using the drum set, along with the other instruments in the program, to emulate a recording session of a band using several recording techniques common to the industry.

Ms. Ireland’s students frequently choose to create their projects on PhotoShop, Illustrator or SketchUp, but on this day, she wanted them to draw by hand in their sketchbooks.

She assured her students that it wasn’t necessary to come up with an elaborate design. An abstract creation would be just fine, she said. “Whatever sound is most prominent to you could be the basis of your work,” she explained.

Earlier in the morning, Mr. Harty’s students spent time setting up the drum set, laying down the required audio cables on the floor, among other tasks. His team included an audio engineer, two sound mixers, a boom pole operator and two cable men.

First-year students Christian Caceres of Edgemont High School and Lukas Vitullo of Port Chester High School played the drums.

Students from the TV/Video Production Program were busily filming and taking still shots, which will become part of a special video highlight on the lesson.

“You can deflect it and absorb it, but sound cannot be stopped,” Mr. Harty told the students. That’s particularly important, he explained, when architects design buildings and other structures that are intended to be kind to the ears.  

As the drum playing started, students began to draw on their sketchbooks, flipping to a new page when the music evoked a different emotion or inspiration.

Miss Ireland said she was excited by the prospect of what her students might create. “I see some really interesting stuff happening,” she said.