Music, throughout the ages, has gone through extreme transformations, which has resulted in the creation of hundreds of genres ranging from acoustic to electronic music. Technology has played an important role in the creation of these genres. It has also played an important role in adding textures, as well as improving music production extensively. Innovation in distorted sounds, gave us rock music, the loop pedal gave us artists like Ed Sheeran and YouTube gave us many of the current trending pop stars.
But, perhaps what technology has had most success with is that it has made music available to each and every individual, by making it personal and making it align with one’s own taste. Learning a new instrument or mastering an instrument of choice has never been easier. Technology has managed to transform the music education classes into a fun and interactive environment.
Here is how technology is being used to impart music education –
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The internet is used to introduce students to various sounds. Cross-cultural sounds have had a huge role to play in fusion music. Apart from that, information on chords, notes and effects used in the song are available to teachers and students in case of immediate reference. The internet also has a certain number of games, which encourage young children to create a melody provided to them within the game. A lot of schools are using these games to engage their students as a bid to increase creativity and knowledge of different sounds. The internet also provides access to social media websites like Souncloud and Finale where self recorded songs and sheet music respectively can be uploaded for peer reviews.
MIDI Files and backing tracks
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MIDI files and backing tracks are being used by educators to motivate students to play, sing or listen to them. Students are also given the opportunity to record what they might have played over the track so that they can listen to them later and identify the scales, the notes they might have played. They can learn from their own mistakes scientifically and effectively. Backing tracks have been a major help in providing correcting a singer or a players timing and pitch/scale.
Self-Designed Music Applications
few music schools create applications that align with their own curriculum. These applications allow the student to move in their own pace. Interactive in app games also provide students with badges and trophies on completion of their assignments. A student can also use these apps back at home for homework or practice purposes.
Usage of technology in classes therefore makes the experience of learning instruments or singing, engaging and fun. It also brings out the creativity of every student by enabling them to play along pre-programmed music which assists them in playing or singing their own way. This not only provide students the opportunity to review their peers and learn from them, but it also enables teachers to differentiate and evaluate students efficiently.
We at Furtados School Of Music, utilize technology extensively while teaching our world renowned curriculum. Our teaching methodology has been recognized by various institutions worldwide. Our Music Buddy app, which is the first of its kind in India, is being used by thousands of students at home or at school, and provides instant feedback on accuracy of timing and pitch. So join us now and become a part of the furtados family.