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ARTS & CULTURE The Cardinal Times, SPRING 2021 • PAGE 3

Staff Profile: David Kays


This year, a new Audio Engineering class the perfect class to learn the ins and outs “We are looking to grow the program so

was started by music department teacher of music and audio production and would that there are three levels: Beginning Audio

David Kays. The Career Technical Education

(CTE) class focuses on learning and easier. I haven’t been disappointed.” and Practicum Audio Engineering,” Kays

make producing my own music a whole lot Engineering, Advanced Audio Engineering

applying skills in recording, production Kays pointed out that the digital revolution

has led to the explosion of many indus-

Audio Engineering. In this class, students

said. “Next year we are adding Advanced

and other possible careers in the music industrytries,

in turn providing many opportunities will not only be running sound at school

“I’ve always taught my Performing Arts in Audio Engineering and Music Productionnity

to work with our community partners

events, but they will also have the opportu-

students that there are many careers out

there in the music industry that do not require

you to perform on an instrument or to Engineering and Music Production are While the Audio Engineering class is an

“The opportunities for careers in Audio out in the field.”

sing, “ Kays said. “Not only does Audio Engineering

and Music Production comple-

a field traditionally dominated by white mitted teacher who runs a number of other

expanding,” Kays said. “Although this is exciting addition to Lincoln, Kays is a comment

our existing music classes, but it also males, recently the number of women and classes that students enjoy.

provides a platform to expand the kinds of BIPOC [Black, Indigenous and people of “Mr. Kays is a dedicated and enthusiastic

teacher,” said sophomore Jonah Byars,

music we explore and create.”

color ] audio engineers are growing. The

Despite kickstarting the class during the demand for women and BIPOC audio engineers

is high, so now is a good time to begin Inquiry (FLI) class last year. “The class was

who took Kays’ Freshman Leadership and

COVID-19 pandemic, many students have

signed up for Audio Engineering this year. exploring those possibilities.“

really enjoyable and an interesting alternative

to the normal FLI class.”

The feedback from students taking part in In the class, students are able to demonstrate

recording techniques in the studio, Kays really enjoys teaching at Lincoln

this class has been undeniably positive.

“I’m a singer-songwriter and have tried mix audio and Musical Instrument Digital and hopes to continue to successfully support

students in the coming years.

Engineering class, which will include three levels,

Kays is excited to be introducing the Audio

my hand at producing my own music. In Interfacing (MIDI) tracks, create beats and

doing so, I found that it was pretty much more.

“I love teaching at Lincoln,” Kays said. as a CTE class.

a whole different art in itself and I needed Audio Engineering is a CTE program of “What makes it a great place for me are the Photo courtesy of LINCOLN YEARBOOK

to learn a lot more to get comfortable with study that is supported by Portland Public people. Our teachers, administrators, support

staff and students are so fun to work

it,” senior Atharv Bhingarde said. “I found Schools (PPS) and the state of Oregon, and

[out] that there was a new Audio Engineering

class and thought that it would be duced at Lincoln, there are already plans to ting back in the building soon.”

although the class has only just been intro-

with and I am really looking forward to get-

expand the program.

Musicians share what music means to them


From consumption to production, music

plays a large role in the lives of students at


For senior Mack Ashbaugh, who sings for

Vivace, Lincoln’s acapella group, as well as

the Lincoln choir, music was a way for him

to connect with other students and find his

place in high school.

“When I first came to Lincoln, I joined

choir, and that really helped me feel comfortable

being at Lincoln,” he said.

Katie King, a sophomore and singer/

guitarist, also found her place in the music


“The artist community at Lincoln is very

welcoming and really kind,” she said. “I’ve

only had positive experiences with everybody

in my [Cardinal Choir] class.”

Students say music can also be a stress


When Ashbaugh was on a hockey team

where he faced bullying, music helped him

work through it.

“I didn’t really know how to deal with

[the bullying] and I found music. It was

really like therapy to me, it helped me find

balance in my life,” he said.

That balance has also served as a help to

people who simply want to get things off of

their mind. For King, music is a form of expression.

“[Music is] a really great way to communicate

how you feel,” she said. “That’s the

way I communicate [my emotions].”

Senior Carson Nitta, a bassist in the

school jazz ensemble and for Salad Water, a

local band, also uses music to connect with


“Playing music with someone for the

first time is like having a conversation with

them [or] meeting them for the first time,

and that’s always really cool,” Nitta said.

Similarly, connection drives the passion

of some singers to keep performing and inspiring


“I always like to see somebody be affected

in some way by a song I’ve written,” senior

Atharv Bhingarde said about when he

performs his original music.

By using his own life as an inspiration for

the music he writes and sings, Bhingarde

can bring back memories and connect to

his audience.

For rapper and musician, senior Caleb

Dickson and Ashbaugh, being so passionate

about music has truly influenced who

they are today.

“I feel like [music is] my entire life,” Ashbaugh

said. “I wouldn’t be where I am without


Even when passionate about something,

things can easily get in the way. For many

young artists, school is a barrier.

“[School] can just flex my creative zone,”

Dickson said.

However, creative activities such as writing

and performing music does not always

come easy. Ashbaugh finds it’s difficult to

juggle school and his hobbies too.

“Having to balance hockey– which I play

seven days a week– with music– which

I practice every day too– and then with

school... it’s very hard,” said Ashbaugh.

Being a musician for some entails writing

as well as performing, but writing music

can be very challenging. For Dickson, his

creativity can come and go while he writes.

“My writing process is very interesting

sometimes. There will be days… where I’m

not trying to write right now, other days it’ll

just come to me,” he said. But when he has

a strong idea, it’s easier, “I just get inspired

and when I do I just have to really get in

the zone… I just turn everything off and I’m

like, ‘today I need to write.’”

When it comes to their future, Lincoln

musicians have different plans for where

music will take them.

Nitta doesn’t plan on attending music

school but will continue to share his passion

for music with others.

“I will definitely be taking classes and

trying to meet people [in college] who also

share my interests, and maybe even start

another band wherever I go to school,” he


Meanwhile, Ashbaugh knows exactly

what he wants to do with his life, and that’s

becoming a professional musician.

“I refuse to not let it happen,” he said. “I

think that one of the ways a lot of people

don’t make it [is that] they doubt themself,

[but] I don’t doubt it at all. I’m going to

become a professional and that’s the only

thing I want to do with my life.”

Dickson would also love to have a future

career in music.

“I would love to continue on and learn

more and just create music in general,” he

said. “If that’s where my career takes me,

that is just a blessing.”

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