Music Education Fears Of Being Replaced By Technology

The music industry faces a greater challenge due to the advent of technology, music educators are being replaced by readily available appsPhoto By: Eunbyul Sabrina Lee/Flickr

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 This development means that there is a risk where teaching methods may become outdated, to the extent that technology has now the power to disconnect students from these old practices.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.

1 Comment on "Music Education Fears Of Being Replaced By Technology"

  1. TENDAI A. SAUTA | March 6, 2019 at 6:43 am | Reply

    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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