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The majority of United States school music programs engage nearly every student in the elementary grades. In the secondary schools, however, they tend to become too overly specialized and exclusive. With band, choir, and orchestra often the only options for music participation in secondary schools, this leads to only a small percentage of the student population involved in music education. Courses in music technology are hands-on and relevant to the current student population. These courses can help increase the percentage of 'non-traditional' music students involved in creating music while fulfilling the National Standards for music education. Music technology is also unique because even students with special needs can be involved. This poster presentation will take a look at the music programs of schools in the Dayton area and what they have to offer for non-traditional music students, as well as examining the benefits of such programs

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Linda A. Hartley

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Stander Symposium poster

Music Technology in Secondary Music Education: Reaching the 80%