Etudes – February 2011
Besides full-length contributions for this inaugural issue, we also took advantage of the lively music education community online and solicited short submissions in the form of either an: 1) 140-character Tweet or 2) a 150-word emailed submission.
I am very excited about the ‘state of music education’. There has never been a time when more people have access to – or desire musical information in one form or another, and technology allows us to reach this growing market. The average Joe assumes music education is relegated to academia (and in particular, El-Hi band, choir and orchestra programs), but the internet and recent explosion of hand-held devices allows music educators to reach and teach a far wider demographic. It is an exciting time and the future looks bright! – Eugene Cantera
To me, as an active music educator as well as the leader of a company that sells music technology into schools, I believe that now more than ever a music educator needs to be relevant. By relevant I mean that they need to serve the entire school population and the various learning styles & needs of the individual students. I firmly believe that music education programs should be expanded to embrace the “Other 80%” in meaningful ways. Never before has our audience been more receptive to music making. Rather than only offering traditional band, chorus, and orchestra performance opportunities as the primary face of a music program, music education needs to offer opportunities for students to be creative – primarily through a strong general music program (K-12) that embraces the latest 21st century tools available to educators – including technology. To remain relevant today, every child deserves a chance to shine in our music programs. Every child. – Jim Frankel
This is one of the most exciting times for music education. In my ten years of teaching music technology, I have never seen such a wide variety of easy to use and inexpensive or free materials for teaching music with technology. Computers, hand-held devices, software, Web 2.0 access and free software make it so easy and inexpensive to provide music education with technology. Materials for teachers also abound in new books, curricula and online classes materials & support organizations and websites like http://ti-me.org & http://musicpln.org. In many states, Music Technology classes are fulfilling Arts and Technology High school graduation requirements. General music educators have a unique opportunity to save the future of music education by transforming lecture-based classes into creative applied learning experiences with technology. Music Technology education is poised to be the best investment school boards can make in secondary education. – Barb Freedman
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The state of our profession is transition. Lots of young teachers with fresh ideas entering the field as the old guard retires. – Joe Guarr
The state of our profession is we need to innovate or be left behind. New approaches to old traditions are sorely needed. – Thomas West
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