The way students learn music in the classroom is changing almost as fast as the technology driving the innovation.
Middle school students at Axtell Park use iPads alongside their instruments as they finish assignments and create individual pieces.
While taking a peak inside Andrew Traver's room, it may look like a traditional orchestra class. But at Axtell Park Middle School, these 6th graders are learning music in a way that's anything but conventional.
On music stands where sheet music once reigned supreme, iPads now dominate. From tuning instruments to testing, it's all there.
"This year, we do pretty much everything with electronics instead of paper," student Brandon Tschetter said.
"I guess I got into it because I really loved technology and applying it to music," Traver said.
Paid for by a grant, Traver says music students need to be up to speed with current musicians using tablets.
"The industry standard these days is, every gigging musician has an iPad. They look at their music that way, they keep in contact with other musicians that way. They record themselves that way," Traver said.
Gone are the days when students kept time with metronomes, instead they use the Garage Band app which can bridge the gap between 18th century music and what students hear on the radio.
Down the hall, Michael Stake follows in his family's footsteps while learning to play piano in Barbara Myers class.
"It's my favorite because my grandpa is musical, my mom is musical, my grammy is and it just runs in the family," Stake said.
But he's learning to play the same instrument in a new way.
"She's able to control everything on her computer even when she doesn't look. It will tell her what note you played which is cool," Stake said.
These keyboards are nothing new; they were brought in more than a decade ago. But the former Teacher of the Year finds new ways to incorporate technology like iPads and music apps to improve the quality of her teaching.
"They can write their own pieces; they can arrange things," Myers said. "They can take snip-its of what we're doing in class and rearrange it."
After also getting a classroom set of iPads through a district grant, Myers finds extensive benefit with students.
"To try to play something for somebody is intimidating," Myers said. "I think allowing them to do it on their iPad with their headphones on and then create it and then share it hits everyone's comfort level," Myers said.
Looking ahead, Traver says he's excited to see where technology takes his classroom.
"It unlocks so many things in music that were not available," Traver said.
In the future, Traver says he is looking at ways to fund a kick-starter program to get electric string instruments in the classroom.