Music education with digital technology : changing identities, researching digital classrooms, and strategies for change

Ruthmann, Alex, Finney, John, Seddon, Frederick, Dillon, Steven C., Leong, Samuel, Burnard, Pamela, Savage, Jonathan, & Collins, David (2008) Music education with digital technology : changing identities, researching digital classrooms, and strategies for change. In International Society of Music Education Conference : Symposium, 17-25 July 2008, Bologna, Italy.

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This Symposium is about change and innovation in music teaching. It comes at a time when music education, schooling and learning are being redefined. The school can now be accessed from home, home accessed from school, and the rest of the world from both. A revolution is taking place with the demands for creativity, innovation, fresh models of learning and the melting down of traditional school subjects into a wash of generic skills. And at the centre of this revolution, sometimes referred to as the third industrial revolution, is Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Music and ICT, or what is now preferred in official talk within many countries as music technologies, has come to be viewed by governments and their managing agencies as a primary catalyst of change. Indeed, technologies are considered to be the drivers of change inviting frontier thinking and boundary breaking.

Music has long been at the forefront of technological advancement, with music educators harnessing its potential, long before the advent of digital technology. Music and music learning is at ease in the digital age. Yet if this is so, then why is there a gulf between what needs to be done in music teaching and the resources available to do it?

In this Symposium, each presenter illustrates what we can learn from research, concerning both the potential of technology to enhance music teaching and learning, and the potential of research to fuel the change process in teacher practice. Presenters will remind us about what teachers can learn from how students experience collaborative music making and how to use the notion of musicianship to define the computer as instrument. A new use of music technology arises through the development of case study research within virtual and present collaborative learning spaces, which have the potential to fuel the change process for teachers. The potential of e-learning environments to provide collaborative and supportive learning spaces along with ways of changing practice, policy and teacher professionalism will also be discussed. Valuable ways for music educators to engage and extend students learning using online technologies which simultaneously develops the skill of reflective practice are suggested. How technology can play a creative role in music teaching and be used as a tool to create a more inclusive music curriculum will be complemented by lessons from education reform experiences of Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong with testimony to the advantages of locating teachers in the context of imposed change while taking into account the influences of their beliefs on their practice. Ways of rethinking how music teachers can become more active agents of change in music education with the imperative of placing music teachers at the front and centre of the research process will be shared.

The perspectives shared in this symposium present a unique international view and open the doors to further understanding of the complexities of teaching music in the digital age. The contributors from America, England, Italy, China and Australia highlight the need to look for learning across and beyond the walls of classrooms and schools. Their contributions emphasize the teacher’s role in educational change and provide a comprehensive view of how students interact with and utilize technology in music learning. Such recognition, research and sharing of good practice by teachers as practitioner-researchers is fundamental if we are to develop the best teaching and learning pedagogy in our music classrooms today.

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ID Code: 18152
Item Type: Conference Item (Other)
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Music technology, digital and e-learning, strategies for change, music education research, innovation
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Creative Arts Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Past > Schools > Music & Sound
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 19 Feb 2009 21:57
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 17:20

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