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The evolution of technology has brought upon us an illusion that it has no bounds.The possibilities seem endless and our lives as musicians change with each new breakthrough, and it’s no different for the future of education.

Today, machine learning is starting to become that new breakthrough not just in music in general but in music education as well.

Machine learning is a process in which a computer learns over time and manages to create, modify and understand music composition.

This allows for quite a few applications in the area of music education as a way to enrich the traditional methods and teach in new creative ways.

2020

Last year was a big step towards discovering the potential of all these new tools and technologies that can be used for music education in the future.

More than just being a substitute for a normal class, this last year was about exploring new options and different ways to approach music education.

This brought many teachers closer to the idea of experimenting with apps, social networks, A.I. and even VR (Virtual Reality).

The Nature Of Music

Music is a very open ended discipline that involves a lot of influences and different contexts of learning. Which is why it would be a good idea to make the most out of the tools that we have in order to prepare students for the things that they will actually be more exposed to which is of course, outside the classroom and without a pen and paper.

Music Sharing and Social Network

The idea is to keep your students engaged in music and what better way to encourage music composition than using platforms such as SoundCloud, YouTube and even Google Classroom.

Sharing music with both classmates and teachers can be a great way to improve their skills as musicians while also making a bond with those that share the same interests.

A.I. and VR

While these are less explored areas in music education, there are some ways these tools can be used properly, and being on the lookout for any more breakthroughs is an important part of keeping the learning experience fresh and exciting.

DAWs (Digital Audio Workstation)

While we know these tools have been around for quite some time, music schools and teachers haven’t made the most of them.

In today’s world, music production is a big part of music in general, this means that performing is not everything.

All that comes after the actual playing is a whole world on its own that deserves attention not only because it matters to the music industry but because it can help your students learn more about how music works.

The Future of Music Teaching Tools

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According to William Bauer, UF online Master of Music in Music Education Program Director:

“Making technology available to teachers and students, and helping them understand its functionality, is necessary, but not sufficient. Technology is merely a tool, and a tool is not useful if one does not comprehend the various ways it can be employed to achieve a given outcome in a specific context. If music educators are to effectively integrate technology into teaching, learning and assessment, more is required than an understanding of specific technological tools. As a result, when exploring the use of technology with students, it’s critical that music teachers account for the curricular objectives being targeted, the benefits and limitations of the technology under consideration, the teaching and learning strategies to be used, and the context of a specific music class and school”.

Paul Shimmons

In an interview with StageRight Paul Shimmons shared some interesting experience on the use of technology as a music educator.

When grading students, Paul likes to use Seesaw or Class Dojo because they allow for multimedia presentation such as videos or recordings so that he can easily see and hear performances and refer to them for later reference. It’s also beneficial for students and parents because they can hear it, unlink with a traditional gradebook which can only show a simple number grade. It gives him the ability to share the progress of the student with parents so that they can be connected to the work their child is doing in the classroom every week.

By using this technology, students will also have a digital portfolio that they can refer to so they can see just how much they’ve improved and provide the positive feedback to encourage further development. This is tangible evidence that they’re learning.

The future of music education is as uncertain as the next technological breakthroughs, however as teachers, you need to be prepared by adapting to the most recent tools at your disposal., Iit can be surprising how much good it’ll do once you get to use them properly.

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The 20th century gave birth to many dreams and ideas about the future like electronic music, how it could look like and wether it was good or bad, it always seemed a little alien compared to what we are used to. This started happening in many areas including of course technological research and different areas of cience.

As the world was subject to an impressive amount of change from the beginning of the 20th century to the beginning of the 21st century, people began to express more and more their feelings of excitement or anguish about the future, with movies, literature, paintings, and of course music. Every single form of art moved by the technological advances both ideally and literally.

Electronic Music

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Synthersizers were a big part of this genre in the beginning as it managed to bring a more machine like sound, something that distanced itself from the very human and organic sounds of traditional instruments. This allowed musicians to reinvent the way music was in the 80s, with so many ideas of the future, music also took a giant leap and explored new ground in ways to make, record and even sell music.

But as years went by electronic music made another big leap towards computers, and now electronic music is one of the biggest most heard genres, not only because there are so many artists using samples and PCs to make music, but because of what it inspires and what it really means to make and listen to electronic music.

Why Should We Listen To It?

Listening to some artists or types of music does not mean you have to love it, however there are times when we appreciate something because of it’s cultural or historical impact, rather than entertainment value. Of course it could get you hooked too. In this case, there is no doubt that electronic music marks a new era in music as a whole in many ways.

A few decades ago, it would have been ridiculous to think that music could be made with a computer, much less produce, and make whole records with just one computer. A studio is no longer necessary for some genres of music, of course if more traditional instruments and natural sounds are needed, there is still the need of proper acoustic and a studio. However it is now possible to do everything from your computer, and electronic music tends to be like this.

There is an interesting aspect about this genre, which is that, while it’s not a natural organic sound, that is not necessarily a bad thing, it’s different, and sound works in a different way. Sound are not just waves, sounds in a computer are numbers, and numbers work in a different way, but it allows for easier manipulation..

Machine Beat

What does it feel like to listen to electronic music? It can be quite varied, but there is a recurring factor in every composition of electronic music, and that is something that can’t be changed, because it comes from the nature of its origin, it’s all artificial, it’s a machine that is making the sounds, and the musician operates, works with the machine as if it were a band member in order to create a musical piece. The feeling of something perfect, artificial, it’s there and that’s what is so strange about it, but at the same time so engaging. One of the reasons electronic music has had so much success is that it manages to sync the rythm of large crowds, this feeling of happiness and energy comes from the fact that machines don’t skip a beat, they don’t make mistakes, you can feel sounds going forward and everything just falls into place like a perfect algorithm.

That’s also the reason why experimenting with music that can channel this feelings is so interesting, because it allows very complex structures and feelings to be in a composition, integrate the perfection of a machine with the flawed perfection of musical structure and order of human beings is still something new, but as any new ground, it has to be conquered and as musicians we have to make the most of each era, make new was of composing and learning new ways to experiment with sounds.

Electronic music is part of our culture, it’s very young and it’s very much alive, to ignore it would be stubborn from our part and we as musicians would be missing great oportunities of our time.

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MTH has the wonderful option to send Lesson Notes after each lesson. Although designed to simply let parents know what’s assigned or happening at lessons, this is an opportunity to save yourself time and keep your customers informed!

Answering ten unnecessary emails = wasted time!

How many emails do you get asking  questions about schedules or upcoming events, even though you previously sent emails or other correspondence with that exact information?  [···]

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