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Transcript of Music Technology
The ways in which people are approaching music is vastly different to those who approached it even ten years ago.
Fusion between technology and music education will have a transformative effect on how future music educators are trained.
Music in the Secondary Classroom
The Other 80%
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Traditional Classes had a singular focus:
The teacher would decide what music students would learn, study and perform.
Support for performance groups was strong because large amounts of students were a part of performance groups.
Students were not pulled away from the arts for sports or other activities. Students who focused on music did just that - they focused on music.
Music technology classes have multiple focuses.
Students choose the direction in which they want to learn.
The teacher is more of a facilitator instead of a "teacher"
Students have a deep love for music and it is in their lives everyday but they have other interests which keep them from focusing solely on musical studies.
What is the other 80%?
They are the non-traditional music student.
The non-traditional music student
Has no prior formal training
Has other activities that keep them from pursuing a formal study of an instrument
Wants to be involved but thinks they can't.
How do you reach out to the other 80%?
Through technology - tapping into an area where students are comfortable and introducing them to the concept that they can learn and master music without formal training.
Opens the doors for non-traditional music student to gain access to music education
Topics covered in a typical music technology course
Courses are designed for peer-teaching, project based learning and collaboration.
Computers: Mac or PC?
Decision should be made based on budget and preference
MIDI (musical instrument digital interface)
The main function of MIDI is to deliver event messages such as
USB - Snowflake
GarageBand (Mac only)
Mixcraft (PC only)
Music production software has been around longer than any other type of music software.
Pro Tools, like all Digital Audio Workstation software, is similar to a multi-track tape recorder and mixer, with additional features that can only be performed in the digital domain. It supports 24-bit audio at sample rates of up to 192 kHz, and can handle WAV, AIFF, mp3, SDII audio files and QuickTime video files. It features time code, tempo maps, automation and surround sound capabilities.
GarageBand and Mixcraft are digital audio workstation softwares and music sequencers that have the capability to record and play back multiple tracks of audio at the same time. In addition to audio recording they also contain virtual software instruments that users can manipulate for song creation or for playing live music
“Over time, technology may become less a means to learn about and disseminate music, and music may become more a means to learn about and disseminate technology.” (Carruthers, 2009)
Traditional Teaching is moving towards facilitation
Music education is rapidly changing to reach upwards of 90% of all students enrolled in secondary schools.
In today’s educational environment technology is more accessible to students and teachers and the future holds endless possibilities for music technology.
Cooperative learning, peer-teaching and project centered learning with the teacher as the facilitator is the direction in which this county is moving.
Music technology easily fits into this trend as project based learning creates a hands on experience for music technology students.
In the music classroom the traditional means for expressing attitudes and emotions can be strengthened by technology
"We need to think of the classroom as a learning environment where we can all learn from each other, where students can get valuable feedback from their peers, themselves, and their instructor." (Olson, 2010)
The constant development of music technology courses and offerings in the secondary classroom has implications on what this means for training of future music teachers.