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Survey Request

Survey Request from music teacher Barbara Freedman of Greenwich High School in CT. 

Please help with my dissertation! This will take about 3 minutes of your time.

I am trying to identify public high schools that have implemented a technology-based music class (utilization of technology as the primary medium for students’ to create music) sometime within the last ten years. You do not need to be the founder or even the teacher of the class but just know about the school. Either complete the anonymous 8-question survey form (no emails will be collected automatically) or email me the name of the school, city, and state.

Please use the 8-question survey to let me know the school name, location (city, state), and approximately what year the class started. Feel free to send this to other people you think might be able to help.  Deadline to complete survey: November 1, 2018.

The three criteria for the high schools are:
1) The public high school (grades 9-12) is located in the Northeastern US (Maine, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania).
2) The public high school started a technology-based music class (a class that uses technology as the primary tool for learning about and creating music) sometime between the school years 2007-2008 and 2014-2015. In other words, it started within the last ten years and has been running for three years. If the course started within the last three years, I am happy to know that. If the class is
no longer running, I am also happy to know that.
3) In addition to a technology-based music class, the public high school also offers band and/or chorus performance ensembles and may also offer orchestra, guitar, theory, and/or other performance or classroom music classes.

Barbara Freedman
Music Education Technology
Educator, Author, Professional Development, Consultant
Music Technology at Greenwich High School:
Author of Teaching Music Through Composition: A Curriculum Using Technology
Oxford University Press
ISBN13: 9780199840618

Barbara Freedman has been teaching Electronic Music & Audio Engineering at Greenwich High School in Connecticut since 2001 and was named the 2012 TI:ME Music Teacher of the Year. She is the author of the book “Teaching Music Through Composition: A Curriculum Using Technology” published by Oxford University Press and a consultant, trainer, and frequent keynote presenter/clinician at state, national, and international in-service conferences. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of
Music in Performance from Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music City University of New York and a Professional Studies Diploma from the Mannes College of Music. She studied conducting at the Hartt School of Music, Westminster Choir College, and The Juilliard School. Barbara is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Learning Technologies through the University of North Texas, College of Information. Barbara’s motto, “Teach music.
The Technology will follow” has become the rallying cry for music technology teachers around the world.