Technology is everywhere in our lives these days and it’s finally becoming integrated with education as well. Sharing with us today is Eugene Cantera of the Dallas School of Music, Inc.
Technology in Music Education
Now more than ever music educators have the opportunity to expand the horizons of the profession.
I recently read a blog that argued ‘technology in music education can never replace the care and nurturing of a great educator’. That’s like saying ‘the microwave oven will never replace an executive chef’. It’s an invalid argument and moot point at best. The microwave will not make anyone a great chef but most all great chefs have one in their kitchen and know how to use it to their advantage. Technology is only as good as those using it – it won’t make a poor teacher any better.
But what technology can do is allow educators to share their thoughts and ideas easier and allow us to reach new markets and encourage more learning at all levels. Technology can create a sense of community among learners and better communication between students, educators, and peers. Technology can also help keep learning materials, practice notes, and digital files neatly organized and accessible 24-7 in one location.
On of the best reasons for adopting tech in music education is that it gives educators an opportunity to share our expertise with more potential music makers than ever before. And more people playing music and enjoying its benefits means a boost for instrument manufacturers, print music publishers, recording artists, concert halls and yes… teachers both in and outside of the traditional classroom! We believe that more people (especially adults) becoming interested and involved in music making will undoubtedly lead to more passionate support for the music in our schools.
Technology is here to stay. An entire generation has accepted tech as ‘normal’ and have come to expect tech to be part of nearly every aspect of their lives. As music educators, we need to be open to using technology to present our ideas in current and relevant formats. Let’s not be the last profession to ‘come around’!