Presented at the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) / College Music Society (CMS) 2011 National Conference in Richmond, VA
Presented by Jordan Mroziak & Jonathan Gunnell
Music technology isn’t superfluous, nor is it an end in and of itself. It doesn’t simply ease how we capture performances or notate music. And it doesn’t suffice to merely point, click, and lecture. Music technology, properly implemented in the classroom, is about enabling collaboration and creating a dialogue between students and across disciplines. This path has been blazed by the development of innumerable creatively conceived web 2.0 sites that grant access to music research, creation, and performance tools.
Web 2.0 tools lead educators to think innovatively about engaging students in critical thinking and collaborations never before possible. The near universal accessibility of these sites makes them a strong means in granting access to functional and appealing music tools for all learners. Providing students of all ages and backgrounds the ability to create and communicate with one another via modern media is invaluable in fostering the style of learning that our modern society increasingly demands. Additionally, these tools rejuvenate educators, imparting fresh perspectives on long held classroom practices. As Alvin Toffler notes, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
By investigating such tools as NoteFlight, iNudge, JamStudio, and Grooveshark, this presentation will provide insight into how these readily accessible tools can be implemented into the music classroom to foster artistic engagement with composition and performance tools. Creating environments and assignments in which students are free to explore, create, and develop meaningfully individual works, educators can utilize these modern technologies to the benefit of music education across all levels.