How Advanced Music Technology can better prepare music educators


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Technology is essential for completing everyday tasks. From smartphones and laptops to tablets and smart watches, the latest digital advancements have a large impact on the way professionals around the world function. Using technology has become such a habit for many that it’s hard to imagine a world without it.

Teacher using tablet in the classroom

Technology also has fundamentally transformed the way teachers teach, and how students absorb knowledge and apply skills. Music educators and other professionals in music education can benefit from understanding how to use technology in the classroom and how it can transform the student learning experience.

Let’s take a closer look at how you can use technology in music teaching and how the online Master of Music in music education program at Kent State can prepare you for the next role in your professional career, introducing you to useful digital tools to use in the classroom.

How is technology changing music education?

From mobile technologies and software to apps and other cutting-edge tools, digital advancements are transforming the world of music education, from the way lessons are taught to how students engage in learning. While certain elements of teaching — such as planning and assessment — are likely to follow the traditional route, the hands-on approach to teaching music will continue to change and revolve around the use of technology.

Technology plays a vital role in the way students retain information, providing a new, fun and exciting learning experience that encourages them to engage in their education. “Though most current tech applications in education lack purpose and proper execution, technology offers some of the most effective ways for students to interact with peers, connect with teachers, and enhance overall engagement and performance,” Ricardo De Saracho wrote for the National Association for Music Education. “With a new generation that has known mobile devices their whole lives, technology plays a crucial role in the engagement of students in and outside of the classroom.”

In the past, teachers relied on textbooks and sheet music. Today, technology provides an endless supply of online sheet music, an ability to tune instruments and access to downloadable videos and mp3s — all helpful tools for music education.

The world of music is always changing. Artists are becoming inspired daily to create something new, and technology can play a key role in taking musical ideas in and bringing them to life. “Technology has grown to facilitate the lives of musicians and their mentors as more people have entered the ever-changing, lively world of music,” said Saracho. “A tech-focused learning base has educators and pupils excited and passionate about the future of music education.”

How Kent State introduces you to technology in music teaching

The online Master of Music in music education program at Kent State consists of 10 courses for a total of 31 required credit hours. One of the classes, Technology for Music Teaching and Learning, provides examples of the digital tools you can use to teach music.

In this class, you’ll grasp an understanding of the fundamental concepts of technology and gain skills to feel comfortable using it while teaching. Some of the course content includes exploring hardware, software applications and online resources to learn how they can be used to create, perform and respond to music.
Beyond this course, you’ll learn about some of the latest innovations in music education that can help connect you to students through a variety of learning styles. While access to hardware and software varies from classroom to classroom, the online Master of Music in music education program introduces you to all trending media as well as cost-effective alternatives so you can develop practical skills no matter what technology ends up in your classroom.

Some of the technology and digital tools covered in the program include:

  • Music notation software, such as MuseScore and Noteflight
  • Musical instrument digital interface (MIDI)
  • Web-based lessons through Webquests
  • Smart board technologies
  • Music instruction software like Music Ace
  • Digital audio and recording software, such as Audacity
  • Video sharing through YouTube
  • Mobile technologies, such as the iPhone, iPad, etc.

Earning your master’s degree in music education from Kent State gives you an advantage over your colleagues because you’ll understand how to use a variety of innovative tools in the music classroom. Are you ready to enroll in the online program and put yourself at the forefront of music education? Visit musicedmasters.kent.edu or call 1-888-989-7072 to speak with an enrollment advisor today.

Recommended Readings:
What is asynchronous learning?
For educators, by educators: How Kent State’s online MMME curriculum is designed
Sources:
KSU MMME program details
KSU MMME brochure
KSU MMME
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