Music Education and technology

| February 2, 2011

In today’s music education, technology is extremely useful. Students are exposed to technology both in and out of the classroom. I would venture to say that technology is one of the few things that today’s youth uses for both education and recreation. Since our students are so well versed in technology, I believe that teachers need to become familiar with it and accept the fact that technology is not going anywhere.

One way that teachers can embrace technology is by using blogs. In music education, blogs can be used in a variety of ways such as a place for students to discuss topics outside of the classroom. Personally, I like the idea of using blogs for listening activities; having students listen to a piece of music and blog about their reactions to it. The teacher can post questions that should be addressed, or the students can have the freedom to discuss what they feel is important about the music.

Another use for blogs is promoting your music department. Teachers or students can blog about the events occurring, such as concerts, competitions, etc. Blogs can be used to summarize a performance or keep parents aware of what is happening in the classroom. If any interesting projects are being done it can be discussed on a blog.

Technology can be used in many different ways to enhance music education. In order for this to happen, music educators need to embrace technology and decide how they can best use it.