Add music tech to your high school now

Some raw numbers from next year’s registration at the HS I teach at:

Music Tech I: 177 enrolled

Music Tech II: 51 enrolled

…these numbers are consistent with what we had for the current year.

Band enrollment: up 20%

Choir enrollment: up 10%

Other non-performance electives: still being offered

Staff needed to offer Music Tech: 1

Equipment needed: 20-seat lab, 20 MIDI keyboards, software

Cost (assuming you already have a lab): ~$3000 to get it started

Students benefiting from this program next year: 228 (a good portion of which wouldn’t be in the music dept. at all)

We don’t have a unique situation with regard to funding or clientele.  We have a class and we offer it – simple as that.  Small schools, here’s a way to revitalize your non-performing music electives.  Big schools, here’s another avenue for your innovation to take place.

I read recently that despite the shrinking orchestra and pro instrumentalist landscape, more students than ever are being focused toward performance.  Why not focus some of them at a billion+ industry like audio with classes like Music Technology?

That is all.


Author: Will Kuhn

I teach music technology to high schoolers. I do some other stuff too. @willkuhn on Twitter.

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