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8th-grade » Surround Sound

Surround Sound

DMS Surround Sound is a class that is open to 7th and 8th-grade students, and it meets during the school day.  Surround Sound develops students’ understanding of the world of music from the perspective of the consumer, vs. as a performer.  It will also provide a platform for exploring the exploring the possibilities of music production and business in the future. The curriculum will encompass areas of business, marketing, entertainment, psychology, and physiology.

Areas of study include the following:


  • Cost of making an album
  • Where does the money go?
  • Copyright
  • Next steps for music production


  • Music in commercials
  • Music in stores
  • Musicians and image


  • Music in movies
  • Theme songs
  • Talent contest shows


  • Music and the brain
  • Why do we like the music we like?
  • Music therapy
  • The Mozart effect
  • How does music influence society/society influence music?

We have numerous partnerships and community outreach opportunities as well.