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A new course will be introduced at Dexter High School that aligns with the strategic plan of focusing on preparing students for the 21st century by integrating technology into education. It aims to foster creativity, critical thinking, and technological proficiency, ensuring that students acquire skills relevant to modern industries.

It’s called Music Technology.

Grace Wolfe, DHS’s Director of Bands, put forth the proposal to the school board to create a new course. It was approved at the April 29 meeting.

In giving some rationale for this proposal, Wolfe said “Offering a new course in Music Technology at DHS will provide students with skills relevant to modern music production and technology driven music industries. It allows students to explore creativity through digital tools, fostering a broader understanding of music beyond traditional methods. This course also aligns with the evolving landscape of music careers, preparing students for diverse opportunities in the field.”

Wolfe said students will explore the “exciting world of music technology with this Semester 2 class, designed for students with diverse musical backgrounds, experience levels, and interests.”

“Together we will dive into various softwares, technologies, and musical devices, and live sampling that allow you to unleash your own creativity in this hands-on course,” Wolfe said. “This class encourages students to regularly share their projects, fostering a collaborative and inspiring environment for all music enthusiasts.”

She said this course may cover core concepts such as digital audio production, sound design, music software proficiency, electronic composition, MIDI sequencing, and an understanding of emerging technologies in the ever evolving music industry.

“Emphasis may be placed on creativity, critical thinking, and practical skills relevant to contemporary music production,” Wolfe said in the proposal.

Dexter Community Schools Board of Education President Mara Greaterox said this course will be an awesome opportunity for the music program students and for those students who want to be involved with the program but who may not want to play an instrument.

The course will be introduced next school year.

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