ERIC Number: EJ836959
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Can Video Games Be Educational?
Teaching Music, v16 n6 p24 Apr 2009
One of the biggest debates among music educators today is about whether or not video games are a valid educational tool. As far back as the early 1990s, teachers were using games such as Sid Meier's Civilization to reinforce history and social studies concepts, but until recently games that dealt with areas of music education have been few and far between. Today, however, it's hard to ignore the significance of titles like Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Wii Music, or the pull that they have on students. Is it possible to take the fervent enthusiasm students have for these games and use it to the teachers' advantage in the classroom? According to some music teachers, the answer is yes--as long as the curriculum is driving the choice of technology rather than the other way around. This article takes a brief look at the latest in musical gaming. It discusses two main categories of educational gaming. The most widely used games in schools are tutorial games, many of them contained within more extensive educational software programs. The other game category with potential classroom applications is that of the purely recreational video game. Games in this category do not set out to be educational but still provide opportunities for teachable moments.
Descriptors: Music Education, Video Games, Educational Technology, Music Teachers, Educational Games, Teaching Methods, Computer Uses in Education, Student Motivation
MENC: The National Association for Music Education. 1806 Robert Fulton Drive, Reston, VA 20191. Tel: 800-336-3768; Tel: 703-860-4000; Web site: http://www.menc.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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