The Springfield schools' music department has been awarded a Title IID/ARRA content-based competitive grant for $9,631. The funding was part of $80,000 made available to arts programs throughout the state.
The grant received will fund the development of Music Technology Poles - mobile stations consisting of a laptop, projector, screen, camera and sound system.
When linked within the district's Local Area Network, they will provide users with instant, low-latency (almost without delay) access to each other.
Using this technology, high school students can mentor younger ones, composition students can meet and write for beginning band members, gifted students from one school can sit in with more advanced ensembles at another school, ensembles from one school can present work to and get feedback from peers at another, etc.
For more information contact Jim Chlebak, high school music director, at 885-7900.