Music education may be overwhelmed by technology

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The teaching of music could be left in an obsolete acoustic age if it does not follow the technology, says a detailed report.

According to the survey of the Music Commission, too much music education does not match the reality of young people in music.

He says that there is a risk that this "disconnection" means that current teaching methods are becoming obsolete.

He argues that technology could help prevent music from disappearing from schools.

The commission, led by leading figures in contemporary music and set up by the Arts Council England and associated boards of the Royal Schools of Music, said the technology was evolving at a rapid pace.

Apps that allow users to compose digital music on smartphones to learn YouTube videos "to learn to play the guitar", the opportunities offered by technology to learn, create and use music are considerable.

Low cost technology

The report states that "the" gap "between the use of technology by young people and music education by young people risks seeing current teaching models quickly become obsolete.

"It's not about replacing each other, but bringing together the best of technology to work alongside acoustic music and challenging the creation of acoustic music to create a more relevant contemporary practice." . "

He adds, "The current generation of music learners can explore all ages and all types of music at any time.

"Technology allows them to access and merge" music "of all cultures."

The report notes that technology has allowed youth to improvise together, access virtual teachers and challenge themselves in digital spaces.

He adds that new technologies are providing more and more affordable and accessible ways to create and share music, and that this should be a central element of music education.

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Fears for music lessons in schools

He adds that because of the accessibility and immediacy of this technology, young people can take a more fluid approach, removing the old barriers between different types of music.

Pressures

The report also states that music education should aim to ensure that every child enjoys support allowing him to go further in music.

Last year, a report from the Union of Musicians suggested that the poorest children are not used to learning musical instruments.

Children in low-income households were half as likely to take music classes, he said.

Commission Chair Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Barbican's Director General, acknowledged that schools are under pressure to achieve their goals.

He said: "People of all ages are currently learning and enjoying an extremely diverse range of music, at home, in classrooms, in communities and online.

"However, we are concerned that too much music education does not reflect the realities of how young people engage in music."