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ERIC Number: EJ919046
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Music Instruction Goes Digital
Demski, Jennifer
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v76 n7 p14-18 Mar 2011
Faced with meager enrollment in band, orchestra, and choir programs, schools are using digital technology to excite students about creating music on today's terms. This article discusses how music educators reinvent their profession by acknowledging and incorporating the way students interact with music today--digitally. Bill Evans, a music teacher at Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, Maryland, is bringing digital music to middle and high school students through a popular sequence of courses called Music and Its Technology. And then there's Barbara Freedman, a music teacher at Greenwich (Connecticut) High School, who has been updating, expanding, and fine-tuning the electronic music program introduced at the school in 1969--the first of its kind in the country. The majority of American schools have already laid the foundation for a digital music program--they just don't know it. According to Freedman, it's so inexpensive to turn a computer lab into a music technology lab. He recommends focusing on the key pieces of hardware and software that turn each computer into a professional-level electronic music instrument: a digital audio interface device, a MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) keyboard, notation software, and digital audio workstation software. (Contains 3 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; Maryland