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Music Education Fears Of Being Replaced By Technology

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The music industry faces a greater challenge due to the advent of technology, music educators are being replaced by readily available apps

Music is essential to our lives; people listen to it while drinking coffee, at work, in transit, and when they feel alone. It reflects human emotions; anger, hatred, contentment, joy, and affection. For many, music becomes a constant companion.

Today, music is considered as one of the most important things anyone should learn. However, learning fundamental aspects of music can be very difficult at times especially those which involve theory and history. The technical aspects of music including processes of learning how to play an instrument may also bore students. However, this does not necessarily hold true for those who have a deep affection for music. These people love music and will always strive to learn every topic there is, even the most boring ones.

Basically, students learn through music schools. Famous musicians like Lady Gaga, Kanye West and Carrie Underwood are some of those who enrolled in art school to study music. Teachers, on the other hand, played a crucial role in the development of music in an individual’s life.

However, there is significant problem music teaching faces today; it fears that the traditional way of educating music to people may be left behind with the advent of technology. This development means that there is a risk where teaching methods may become outdated, to the extent that technology has now the power to disconnect students from these old practices.

The Arts Council England and the Associated Boards of the Royal Schools of Music argue that technology is evolving at a rapid rate. Nowadays, there are loads of online and offline apps that allow users to compose digital music on smartphones and tutorial videos on Youtube on how to play a particular instrument. This shows that the current generation of music learners can explore any kind of music at any time with the help of advanced technology.

The so-called “virtual teachers” can be downloaded for free or others may access it online, helps people to know necessary information about music. It is like engaging with a music teacher but in digital spaces. This tutorial has a test too where the said online music guru challenges his or her students to see how much they have learned.

The commission also added that technology enables young people to improvise music without the help of a professional teacher. This implication means that it gives them an opportunity to access and merge music from any culture, a much comprehensive approach to learning music.

Why do people depend on technology to learn music?

New technologies increasingly provide accessible and low-cost means to make and even share music. Those who aspire to learn music do not need to experience the hustle of enrolling in a music center or school since downloadable apps are just a click away.

The accessibility and immediacy of such technology pave the way to a more fluid approach in music, with the old and challenging types of music to learn being broken down into more straightforward and accessible forms.

In a more serious note, there is an issue circulating globally involving music schools. Just recently, Musician’s Union argued that poorer students from low-income families are being priced out of learning musical instruments. Music schools are also getting expensive and exclusive. This data shows that children or even music lovers from low-income households are being discouraged from taking music lessons.

This contradicts the fact that the focus of music education should be ensuring that every child is supported to learn music further regardless of their status in society. However, this is not the case nowadays; music teaching has been a source of income for most schools rather than a passion to help those who aspire to become a musician someday.

Another serious problem arises; limited music centers or schools are offering accessible and budget-friendly courses to students. If this opportunity will be provided to everyone, there is a greater chance that more people will explore this field. This is where the role of different public institutions around the world enters. Both Elementary and Secondary schools should incorporate music subjects to their fundamental courses so that students at an early age know the value of music.

At the same time, educators are expected to teach children about the fundamental processes of learning a musical instrument. Excellent teaching skills above all serve as a strong foundation for those who dream of having a future career in music.

People of all ages now learn and enjoy music in many ways – at home, in classrooms, and online. You see, the main point is not about one replacing the other, but bringing together the best in technology to work alongside music teaching.

Teachers can engage learnings with the aid of technologies, and students can also check with the internet and other mobile apps to further enhance their knowledge of music. One is dependent on the success of the other. This means that both ways are essential to the development of the industry and to an individual’s desire to learn music. The two should work together and not compete with one another.

I've been contributing news since 2010, both online and print. Aside from Z6Mag, I manage independent news blogs that provide awareness on a diverse list of topics to every reader.

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  1. TENDAI A. SAUTA

    March 6, 2019 at 6:43 am

    A great job Reysel Montenegro, technology is providing an ease of doing business but is posing a lot of challenges to the music teacher. Some of the merits are that it easily defies all odds on continuously simplifying some heavily schemed concepts, creates positive peer through competitions and provides a wide range of music performance models through social media platforms such as You Tube and Face book. However the African classroom is still heavily challenged by the need to increase the internet access and needless to mention is the serious need to depict good methodology and trustworthy histories on the internet of things provided by the virtual teacher . T.A. SAUTA Newspaper Correspondent , Newsday.

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Aladdin’s ’A Whole New World’ Gets A Revamp

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What we think about aladdin's new version of A Whole New World and how its new singers made a positive impact both for the song and the movie by giving it a modern touch

A new version of Aladdin’s 1992 ’A Whole New World’ OST just dropped on YouTube and for the most part, we’re happy about it!

Disney uploaded the music video Thursday featuring a duet between pop powerhouse, Zayn Malik and rising music star Zhavia Ward.

The Alan Menken-penned famous ballad comes one of many songs that would be available with the rest of the upcoming Aladdin remake’s album.

If you’ve watched Aladdin’s live-action trailer a few months back, you would also notice that another famous song from the original, A Friend Like Me also got a modern twist. Mainly, like the rest of the Twitterverse, we were surprised when Genie started to rap!

Apparently, A Friend Like Me wasn’t the only song that Disney decided to give a modern twist. In the newer version of A Whole New World, there are some things that Disney also decided to play with.

In the 1992 version, the dreamy melody was sung by voice actors Brad Kane and Lea Salonga for the original animated version of Aladdin, which peaked at No. 1 in the United States before bagging the Oscar for Best Original Song. Furthermore, the hit classic became the movie’s famous love song that was imprinted on all of its fans’ mind with Jasmine and Aladdin singing on top of a flying carpet, all the while admiring the view. Now that’s certainly a feat any other artist would both be terrified and honored to follow.

”The selection of artists, producer, and tonal direction was critical for the success of updating a classic song like this,” president of Walt Disney Studio’s Music & Soundtracks Mitchell Leib said in a statement. “Zayn’s vocals are like no other and his artistic imprint immediately brought a contemporary and diverse presence.”

Zayn Malik, the former One Direction singer, was personally chosen to sing the male voice in the modern version of A Whole New World. His vocal range easily matches the contemporary vibe of the classic all the while giving it a dynamic that would resemble with today’s pop culture.

Meanwhile, Zhavia Ward was chosen by Zayn to perform the duet with. Zhavia is an up and coming music star who grew her popularity on the famous talent show, ‘The Four’ where judges were famous singers and producers like Dj Khaled.

Zhavia’s presence in The Four was quickly embraced both by the judges and the audience because of her unique vocals. She gives her songs a more reggae-RnB feel that takes you on a drifting journey all the while having the kind of energy that remains upbeat.

We can see hints of Zhavia’s singing style in the newer version of A Whole New World that beautifully compliments Malik’s vocal range where overall revamp the ballad but not wholly that it offsets the purpose and the nostalgia the song comes with. And to complement the whole musical score, there are more lively beats and a few Arabian melodies that Disney added, which is quite tasteful even though they’re veering away from the whole dreamy and romantic vibe of the original.

In terms of the aesthetic feel in the music video, sadly there are no magic carpet rides, but we get to see the beautiful Manhattan night and Central Park’s Bethesda Terrace with Zhavia singing ”unbelievable sights, indescribable feelings…” to the night sky. It’s no classic fairytale, but it’s something we get to appreciate as a modern ballad in a place filled with city lights, which overall compliments the whole idea of updating the classic love song.

There may have been mixed reviews regarding Guy Ritchie’s live adaptation of Aladdin, starting with the black genie where it’s not because he’s black but the genie we all know and love is blue. Now, at least they nailed the famous song that sent lovers cooing each other right.

The duet will be featured in the film’s soundtrack as well as the end credits. We’ll also get to hear more from Aladdin’s soundtrack including “Friend Like Me” performed by Will Smith, who plays Genie, and DJ Khaled. You can preorder the soundtrack here.

Aladdin–starring Will Smith as Genie, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and Mena Massoud as Aladdin–opens May 24 in theaters.A

Go stream the latest music video and tell us what you think!

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Good Vibes And Tan Lines at Wet Electric

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Wet Electric 2019

2019 marked the 10 year anniversary of Wet Electric and served as a hidden EDM gem in Tempe! The lineup was stacked, the sun was shining, the water was refreshing, and the vibes were set. Big Surf Waterpark set the tone by keeping the main stage in waist deep water, sans waves. The waves were in the form of ravers equipped with bikinis, glitter, board shorts, and inflatable totems. This one-day festival is, arguably, the best way for locals to kick off pool party season!

The wave pool served as a wide open space for groups to dance, sing along, and most importantly splash! Splashy photos, whether slow motion or portrait mode, were the highlight on any social media platform. Aside from the great venue, water slides, jello shot-filled syringes, and decent craft beer lineup the music was the centerpiece.

With headliners such as Benny Benassi, What So Not, and RL Grime there was more than enough variety in music throughout the day. SLUMBERJACK was a fantastic way to get the early afternoon started with bass-heavy music mixed with an occasional hip-hop song. The coveted golden hour was filled with an array of bass, atmospheric, groovy, trap mixes from What So Not. What So Not lived up to his reputation as an EDM innovator. From sunbathing with soundtracks like ‘Cinema’ to classics like ‘Satisfaction’ Wet Electric delivered on dance music bangers.

There was a much groovier, synthesized,  deep house haven at the RB Deep stage. Cut to Bruno Furlan and his infectious grooves and incredible energy! Leaving this stage was tough because the RB Deep lineup was full force bringing house and techno to life! There was a rich palette of dirty dancey, funky, creative and bass-heavy tracks at this stage. Much of my afternoon was spent deeply submerged in this house music haven. Hopefully, this grows to a much larger stage setting!

Relentless beats/RB Deep diligently changed artists and kept everyone dancing whether it was in the wave pool or in the shade! The lineup was well curated and toggling between stages was relatively easy. This allowed the crowds to focus solely on enjoying the sun and wavy beats.

It’s exciting that a one day festival, like Wet Electric, has a strong tenure! Wet Electric stands out most because the crowd size is not overbearing and this made it easier, not only to move around, but feel the crowd energy. Cheers to many more Wet Electric and Tempe!

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BTS, EXO, Cardi B; Top Nomination List 2019 Billboard Music Awards

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BTS Billboard Music Awards 2019

Another breakthrough moment for ARMY and Kpop fans, in general, as more boy bands from South Korea dominate the Western markets for this year’s Billboard Music Awards on May 1 in Las Vegas.

The nominations list is out, and it is no surprise that we see names of some of the biggest K-pop bands. Big Hit Entertainment’s BTS, also known as ‘Bangtan Boys’ garnered two nominations; the Top Duo/Group, and Top Social Artist.

The boys will be facing artists such as Imagine Dragons, Panic! At The Disco, and Maroon 5 for the Top Duo/Group category. Meanwhile, in the Top Social Artist choice, BTS will be going head to head with a mix of Western artists like Ariana Grande, Louis Tomlinson, and other well-known K-pop bands such as SM Entertainment’s EXO And JYP Entertainment’s GOT7.

It is evident that the Top Social Artist award is particularly the special category among any other categories in the awards show. It is one of the few fan-voted categories in the Billboard Music Awards, and this means that avid fans have the power to name the winner depending on the total number of votes.

BTS won this award last year and took home the crown, but this time is going to be a hard competition for the boy band and their ARMY fans. Ariana Grande is a big name in the music industry and has a lot of fanbase in different parts of the world, not to mention that her music album attracts millions of fans this year.

But the K-pop fever is also something that Westerners should not take advantage of. In fact, this is not the first time that an artist coming from South Korea is nominated for the Billboard Music Awards’ categories, nor the first a Kpop music celebrity took home a trophy.

Nobody forgets Psy’s viral Gangnam Style who took the world by storm and won an award for ‘Top Streaming Song’ in 2013, making him the first K-pop artist to win an award.  That same year, PSY was nominated in a total of five categories including ‘Top New Artist’ ‘Top Rap Artist’ and ‘Top Dance Song.’

Aside from the Kpop bands, another worthy artist who leads all the nominees is Cardi B. The I Like It rapper is nominated 21 times in 18 categories. The hip-hop star is competing against herself in three categories, more than anyone else this year such as Top Hot 100 Song, Top Selling Song, and Top Collaboration. This set of awards mirror how female artists like Cardi B are setting a record in the music industry, especially in the field of rap music.

Following Cardi B are Drake and Post Malone, with each having 17 nominations. Travis Scott is up for 12 awards, and XXXTentacion is up for 10.

Among the famous nominees are Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, both are up for the chart achievement award, the top soundtrack for A Star is Born, as well as, top selling for Shallow.While Gaga is being nominated separately for top song sales artist.

Bazzi, Juice Wrld, Lil Baby, Dua Lipa, and Ella Mai will compete for one of the major awards such as the Top New Artist and Top Artist. For the Female Top Artist, Cardi B will compete against another hitting star Ariana Grande, Halsey, Ella Mai, and Taylor Swift. While the Top Male Artist is composed of Drake, Post Malone, Travis Scott, Ed Sheeran, and XXXTentacion.

Other significant awards that artists wish to achieve are; Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Touring Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Male and Female Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Female and Male Artist, Top Rap Tour, Top Country Artist, Top Country Male and Female Artist, wherein Cardi B’s name appeared several times in almost every category.

For the complete list of awards and categories, you can visit the online site of Billboard Music Awards 2019 which can also be viewed on its Facebook page.

This year awarding is a much-awaited event since there will be two fan-voted categories – the top social artist and chart achievement. Kelly Clarkson will host the 2019 Billboard Music Awards from the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and it will be broadcasted at 8 pm via ET on NBC.

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