College Music Society, Association for Technology in Music Instruction, the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors and Pi Kappa Lambda

Fifty-Seventh National Conference October 30-November 1, 2014, St. Louis, Missouri


Home Schooling Music Technology Overview: A Cumulative Case Study

Presenter, Dr. Fred Kersten

Handout Provided At Session

Session Video
Video Trailer

What instruction participation and exposure to music technology occurs in home school situations? According to the last count through the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), approximately 1.5 million students in the United States were homeschooled in 2007—a number representing 2.9% of students in kindergarten through twelfth grade nationwide. With an increased interest in the “Other 80%”, music home participation,and the non-traditional music student, research was developed to determine specifically what type of music technology experiences were occurring within home school education situations. Because of more extensive communication opportunities between the education structure in the state of New York and the home school community, this study was focused towards available resources within this state.

Contact was established through state-wide home educators networks, state department home schooling offices, and state education prescribed curriculum review administrators. An assessment questionnaire was developed for response by parents and individuals specifically responsible for home schooling music instruction procedures. Responses of these individuals were collated and the information developed into a cumulative profile which will be presented and discussed at this session.

Among the results of the study that will be illustrated and discussed are the following:
*Specific music technology software/hardware utilized by students on a continuing basis.
*Specific music technology activities by students at various grade levels.
*Music technology/public school requirements that are followed through state standards enumerated via state department policy guidelines.
*Music technology instructional support by qualified instructors.
*State, national standards, and influences that provided guidelines for music technology instruction.
*Home school music study through outside public school and private organizations.

A detailed handout with the collated information available will be provided. An interactive webpage for respondent information will be developed for sharing with others interested in this specific topic.


What music technology instruction, resources, and shared participation exist for students in the home school community? A survey/summary of students utilizing music technology and utilized resources, in home school education situations, was developed and the data will be considered and illustrated during this presentation.

About the Presenter

Fred teaches online graduate music education courses as a course facilitator for Boston University.  He holds five degrees in music, music education, and school administration and has published over 57 articles and two book chapters related to music education.  He is currently involved in research concerning online application procedures and his research on this topic has recently been presented at TMEA, and NAfME. His book, Teaching Recorder in the Music Classroom, published by NAfME, is widely distributed and is presently being revised for a second edition.