A Tale Of Two School Districts

It's just before noon in Mokane, Mo., and pianist Todd Becker is busy composing an orchestral score in South Callaway County High School's state-of-the-art band room. Sitting behind a synthesizer, Becker glides his fingers across the keys while each sound is recorded into a Macintosh computer. "Some kids take the facilities at this school for granted," says Becker, age 18, who will attend the University of Missouri at Columbia this fall on a music scholarship. "Me? I've always taken full advantage of what this school has to offer."

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.