There are many ways teachers can turn to technology to inspire creativity and improve upon the quality of their music programs. And, there’s no shortage of equipment to get the job done, including music notation software, MIDI keyboards, recording equipment, as well as sight singing and ear training programs.
The National Standards for Music Education, developed by the National Association for Music Education (MENC), address nine distinct objectives:
1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
5. Reading and notating music.
6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
7. Evaluating music and music performances.
8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.
More and more, teachers are discovering that technology can enhance learning in any of the above areas. Some would even argue that in order to continue making music a viable part of our educational curriculum, it is essential that technology be combined with traditional teaching methods as in other subject areas. Thomas Rudolph’s book Teaching Music With Technology (Pepper #5471552) discusses this in depth and makes an excellent resource for teachers looking to take advantage of technology to enhance their music program.
Karen Garrett has been teaching elementary-grade students of Central Park School in Birmingham, Alabama how to read, write, compose and publish their music to CDs and the internet since 1994. Her students’ work, pictures and music compositions are published on www.musictechteacher.com
How do you utilize music technology in your classroom?