About a month ago, a meeting of technology-minded music educators was planned by the Perpich Center for the Arts. I had the privilege of being invited to this event, which was held today.
The intent of the meeting was for music educators to share what they were doing in the classroom, to discuss what we would like to be doing in the classroom, and to have a plan to do something about it.
Ultimately, a group of about twenty people (I didn’t count) attended the meeting, including teachers of all levels (elementary, secondary, and collegiate), technology integration specialists, IT personnel, and representatives from various companies.
Part of the meeting centered around the Learning Technologies department at the University of Minnesota, which is planning on creating a (free) assessment tool for music education based on video recording. Another highlight is the upcoming release of SmartMusic, which will feature new resources for singers and sight-reading (the software is in Beta, but since this was discussed in an open meeting, I believe these vague details can be shared).
The rest of the discussions centered on the following topics:
- Use of SmartMusic in the music program
- Use of SMART Boards in the music program
- Use of iPads in the music program
- Use of technology in assessment
- Online education in music education
The group will continue meeting online and eventually in person. For me, it was a joy to be with other teachers that use technology in their teaching, even though I may not be able to replicate what they are doing in my own setting. It will be interesting to see what happens as a result of these meetings.
It was a good day.