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February 24, 2014

Wake County schools chosen to pilot program with music industry

The Music Moguls program will allow Wake County students to learn more about the business side of the music industry.

The Wake County school system is one of four large school systems across the nation who have been chosen to pilot a new program with the music industry, according to school officials.

Wake County school administrators gave a brief overview last week of the new “Music Moguls” program. The program will include the ability for students to learn about the business side of the music industry.

Administrators weren’t prepared to give a full presentation to the school board last week. But they said they wanted to “wet” the appetites of board members with a few details.

The program is targeted at middle schools and high schools. Cathy Moore, the deputy superintendent for school performance, called it an “exciting collaboration” with the music industry.

Moore said Wake is one of only four districts chosen for the pilot. She said it will provide students with material that can be integrated into different parts of the curriculum or in a specialized course of study in high school.

Moore said it will can tap into the interests students have about music.

“It’s going to be pretty cool,” Moore said.

Students will be able to learn about the business side of the music industry, according to Todd Wirt, assistant superintendent for academics.

Wirt said they might create a marketing/music pathway in career and technical education.

Wirt said the material can be done face to face or online.

Wirt said that program modules can be used in different courses. For instance, he said a middle school math class might look at the finance model of the music industry to make the material more relevant to students.

Wirt said the plan is to slowly roll it out at first.

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