Why music technology in K-6?

Why use music technology in elementary schools?

Technical education is all about getting comfortable with the tools that professionals use and building confidence in your ability to use them creatively. Starting with Millenials, youth grow up already comfortable with technology, so using it to make music isn’t at all a stretch to them—in fact, it could come easier to them than to many music educators. Music tech tools to aid traditional music education aren’t new, and professional tools are becoming more affordable and easy to use. Between the two, there’s something for every student and every music program.

Music Tech Advocacy - How Far We've Come

There are still a lot of music teachers who are antagonistic about technology, but its acceptance is growing rapidly. There have been a few clear milestones in recent years:

  • In 2015, the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) was passed, replacing “core academic subjects” with “well-rounded education”—a term that now includes the arts and physical education.
  • The state commissioned the creation of a technology-intensive music education (TICE) course that is now delivered via distance education to small communities across Utah.

Since then, the state commissioned the creation of a technology-intensive music education (TICE) course that is now delivered via distance education to small communities across Utah.

There are also now new commercial music and/or music technology degrees at many universities throughout Utah (SUU, UVU, Dixie, Snow, Etc . . .). These programs involve music technology and business to much greater levels than in older music programs, sometimes managed without skimping on traditional training.

Possible Tech-Intensive Teaching Outcomes

Highly structured programs have been shown to be more effective for younger students, but there are plenty of unstructured programs that would also work well. In 2010, Harmonic Vision, Inc. published a list of programs (here, on page 4) that match music educational national standards. The next page shows our current recommendations.

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