1. Music technology helps improve the understanding of music theory.

“You can use it [Logic Pro] to teach students almost any subject, especially the use of dynamics, in a hands-on way.” J Clarke, BDA, Head of Music.

The plugin and automation features in Logic Pro and most music software allow students to understand classic terms such as crescendo and diminuendo on an interactive platform. Automation tools also provide a degree of interaction during the process, as they can control the dynamics by section and instrument. Plug-in controls such as attack, release, sustain, and decay help students interact visually with terms such as staccato, legato, and accent, all the essential tools in creating a highly expressive composition.

2. Through an integrated approach, it develops skills in performing, composing, and arranging.

“It can enable them [students] to access composition and arrangement techniques in a creative way from an early age.” M. Barbe, MBP, Head of Music.

When composing a song with an acoustic instrument, it can be challenging to write parts of the composition, plus arrange different sections, without an understanding of composition structure and the ability to play a musical instrument. Using software solutions such as GarageBand, students can replace these requirements with access to a world of instrumental loops and samples, where students can listen to, cut, and paste different samples to build their own composition. The software allows students to use the interface as a canvas for their creations and to visually manipulate melody, harmony, rhythm, form, and timbre.

3. Find out about hidden talents in the classroom:

I think the main benefit of using music technology in a classroom is that students are exposed to unlimited resources and opportunities to use them as a platform for their creativity. “L. Neckles, SHHS, Head of Music.”

You never know how good you are until you get tested. Music technology is a medium that allows students to discover skills they didn’t know they had. Using music software such as Soundation4Education enables a student to think critically and make independent choices and cognitive judgments in the music production process. Presenting a range of musical opportunities offers the prospect of increasing self-esteem, increasing a student’s motivation, and enabling them to use their creative skills for a career in the industry.

4. Music technology can push the boundaries of music and enrich music lessons for both students and teachers

. The opportunity to learn music is a fundamental human right that should be equally available to children who go to school. John Brockhouse, author of “Getting Better: Using Music Technology for Special Needs Students.” Australian Journal of Music Education

Children from the early years to the musically incompetent, gifted and handicapped children have access to music through technology. Musical performance on a traditional instrument often relies solely on the skill of the user. But with technological equipment such as drum pads, synthesizers, and electro-acoustic instruments, illustrious samples and stunning sounds can be played with the tap of a finger or the click of a button. Music technology tools, such as Band in a Box or Soundbeam, can be used to engage physically disabled students in experiencing music performances as part of a group, but they also help to maintain students’ interest in music education. Without access to technology, higher music education can remain closed to physically and mentally handicapped students.

5. Music technology empowers students to expand their learning and creativity beyond the classroom.

“Using music technology software helps to remove certain learning barriers for students. It doesn’t matter whether you can play an instrument or not; nor does it depend on your musical skills. ” Technology is still a relatively new skill, particularly for primary school students.

With Soundation4Education, for example, students can access music production software outside of the classroom without having to pay the expensive price of music production software. Today, online music software is significantly cheaper compared to the long-term cost of buying musical instruments and music lessons. Access to the Internet allows students to develop their music production skills by viewing the extensive range of tutorials by music producers from the comfort of their bedroom.

Conclusion

Finally, music technology is the way to go. Music technology is a great way to teach composition, arranging, and basic music theory to an entire class. Many schools have begun to adopt the benefits of technology, as evidenced by programmes such as Proclassic and the IT capital invested in schools across London (£450 million in 2013, according to Gov Today). However, there needs to be more access to CPD training for music technology teachers so that schools understand how to use the software, not as a supplement to the music curriculum, but as a tool to enable greater learning and understanding. and as a tool to facilitate better access to music theory and performance opportunities.

ProMusic LDN is an official champion of the BBC’s Ten Pieces program. We currently accept bookings from schools and offer free CPD training with every purchase. The deadline is December 31, 2014.

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