Officials cut the ribbon on new music technology production wing at County Prep High School

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Officials cut the ribbon on a new music technology production wing at County Prep High School in Jersey City yesterday afternoon.

Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Schools of Technology.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The state of the art facility includes industry grade equipment, a control room with a Solid State Logic Mixing Console, live recording booths, a production lab, radio broadcasting station and instrumental music classroom space.

The studio complex was custom designed to provide students with access and training to the technology used by professional recording artists in today’s music industry.

“The Music Technology Production wing provides our students with a diverse learning opportunity,” HCST Superintendent of Schools Amy Lin-Rodriguez said in a statement.

“The new space will allow our students to learn professional industry skills while studying for their high school diplomas. We look forward to celebrating the achievements of our students in their new workspace.”

The space, which began construction in 2019, was custom designed with the support of the HCST BOE and administration, Lin-Rodriguez, and County Prep High School Principal Barbara Mendolla.

Additionally, Wilkis Figuereo, Supervisor of Instruction for Music and Technology, Kyle Matthews, Music and Audio Technology Instructor and E. Wyse Rodriguez, IT Support Services Facilitator, worked closely with RSC Architect, who envisioned and constructed the project to ensure students would have the most hands-on learning experience possible in the new studios.

“High School aged students do not often have the opportunity to utilize professional grade production equipment until they are further along with their higher education studies,” added Figuereo.

“We had a vision for the programs we wanted to offer and are incredibly grateful for the administration at the Hudson County Schools of Technology for making the investments in this new studio to set our students up for success.”

While studying in the Music Production Technology wing, students will have the opportunity to earn Pro Tools and Dante network certification through their music and audio technology training as well as learn the fundamentals of music theory, composition and recording.

“As a former educator myself, I’m proud to see our County school district continue to make investments in the programs and technology that will undoubtedly benefit our students for years to come. I’m confident the addition of this state of the art facility is the mold that will shape some of the most successful music and production professionals to enter the business,” noted Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise.

“These are the types of innovative investments that make our district stand out to provide students with hands-on learning experiences they would not otherwise have access to,” indicated HSCT Board President Craig Guy.