MUSIC AND EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY
MUSICAND EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY
Muchhas been explored in the relationship between education technologyand music. This entails examination of pedagogy in all the types,genres and various aspects. These aspects include musicology,composition, music production and performance (Rudolph 35). It isnotable that there exist educational and technological aspects ofmusic. There are also trends in the new technologies in the contextof music as well as the music education technologies. Music ineducation technology focuses in developing specialist expertise inthe use of music technology in the creation of sound and otherproperties.
Theseinclude digital audio basics, basic recording, introduction of MIDIand music sequencing. This concept generally entail usingtechnological applications in music it also brings out the connectionof music education technology in the current modern informationsociety. It is important to note that technology education isessential in the performance, composition, creation and the analysisof any music. The core major reasons in the adoption of technologyare the virtue of motivation attached to it and the feasible learningexperiences in the context of music when technology is adopted. Education technology and music can be interconnected and relatedtogether through understanding concepts surrounding the use oftechnology in music.
Inthe modern society, internet has become a useful too of gatheringinformation about any kind of music. Various web pages about music,music software’s, audio clips, graphics, photos and MIDI files canbe browsed in coming up with a better music (Rudolph 126). From theinternet web pages can be savedorbookmarkedtobe viewed later for further exploration. Other materials can also bedownloaded and stored in the computer hard disk for use in homes orsociety. From the internet singers or composers can make or createmultimedia reports. The internet communities, tools, applications arein the rise in music education and technology they have greatlyfacilitated, supporting the production of quality music and theoverall concept of teaching and studying music (Rudolph 446).
Inthe contest of education technology software’s that can be used forslideshows such as PowerPoint is used to create multimedia listeningguides. Slides can be created to accentuate various music elementsand concepts such as music heard and recording. This enhancesunderstanding and the perception of a particular music. In otherinstances it can be automatically programmed in synchrony with theunderlying musical recording.
Itis notable that the act of synchronizing any musical show orperformances in materials such as audio CD does not contravene anycopyright law. It is not a fair guideline to display to the audienceoutside there the synchronized audio CD but it is far much better todisplay the slideshow as the singer performs the music with thecondition of the slideshow lacking copyrighted images. The best ideais to take the digital photos of the singer or the performer artworkwhen in action. These slideshows may be used in other art activitiesi.e. in a large screen connected to a speaker. These slideshows canalso be posted in social media so that the audience perception can bedetermined. Other compositions of the singer can be used as a way ofmusical recording (Rudolph 235).
MIDIand Audio Files
Itis simple to utilize the MIDI to sing, listen or play any music. TheMIDI files can be played from the internet web page mainly online orin a downloaded form. The MIDI files can be downloaded and save in acomputer hard disk for playing. It is also important to installcurrent software which is needed to play, stop and pause this kind ofmusic. Audio files in the form of mp3 are also an important formatfor playing music when using the underlying technology. Music filesin the named formats can be played through speakers or headphonesdepending on the audience number.
Mostcomputer software’s used in music learning and education isbasically in the form CD-ROMs which have been installed in thecomputer. Other formats can be downloadable from the internet,networkable software and those free programs found on the web. Thesoftware’s are vital in the context of giving a musicalinstruction, music creativity, and drill in notation, musicperception and aural skills. Using the web based musical software’scan prove to be expensive in terms of their subscriptions (Rudolph321). The convenience of the underlying software’s is the fact thatit can be used in a large group when the speakers and the largescreens are used. Individuals can also us headphones when using thesoftware. Effective and advance software’s can keep records on themusical quality and progress. It is important to note that sometimesthese programs are not networkable and it only allows recordings ofthe MIDI and the audio files.
Thisis also referred to as sequencing or the notation software whichfacilitates the changing of MIDI files. When the music is played onecan speed or slow up the music tempo. Other operations which can beexecuted include transposing the song, muting solo parts, changinginstruments and changing the dynamic mix. Composers and singers canbe able to manipulate the music elements to experience and establishappropriate musical concepts. MIDI instruments such as liveperformances and electronic keyboards can be used record tracks orchange them (Rudolph 269).
Theuse of this technology enables the composers and singers to becomemusically creative. Accompaniment tracks can also be made easily.MIDI information can also be viewed in alternate music notation or instandard form. The notation entered in the computer can be heard andthrough this, musicians are able to be musically notation to thesound. Band-in-a Box is an auto-accompaniment program that createsaccompaniment tracks. This is achieved by typing the melody chordsymbols and choosing a style to be heard thus producing aprofessional sounding accompaniment. Creation of a personal melodymay require a Band-in-a Box development with an appropriate chordprogression. Sequencing programs can be used to record digital audiotracks. Songs can be recorded as well as the instrument sound. It isnotable that this is an appropriate way to asses the singingperformance for a portfolio. The music files on the audio CD may beuploaded to the web for rating and determining the audienceperception. It is important not to violate any of the copyrightswhich are associated with the music, recordings or the lyrics.
Theuse and the adoption of technology in music have addressed thedynamic relation that exists between the musical practice andresearch. It is notable that education technology has become anintegral part to the participant of music thus creating the need toreview music technology. This entails the focus on the technologicalchallenges as well as the issues underlying the creation of themusical applications to the music education. There is also engagementof commentary in the context of using technologies in musicalcomposition, learning and teaching, electro-acoustic and electronicmusic electro-acoustic and electronic music (Rudolph 96). There isalso an analysis in the practice of musical composition aiming toproduce creative and neat music adopting the learned technologies.The study of the musical applications is crucial in having knowledgeregarding creative music technology. It also gives a glimpse of thefuture music education technology through further study of theapplications, software’s and programs, challenges, issues and theunderlying notable implications in the context of music education andmusic technology.
Aestheticand creative issues in music technology have been addressed. Musiceducation technologies has resulted into development of media andcommunication technology whereby the new applications and software’shave changed the expression ways affecting largely music fieldparticipants such as educators. Software and application developmentover the last decades have greatly advanced. The making methodologiesand their use have led to the production of various type of music.The aspect of informal learning is also becoming a vital part inmusic education and technology. It is undoubtedly that musiceducational technology has transformed teaching and learning of musicglobally. This has been cemented by the explosion of social mediachanging the whole concept of music education.
Rudolph,Thomas E. TeachingMusic with Technology.Chicago: GIA Publications, 2004.