Masters in Creative Music Technology Goes Online; EXPERTVIEW

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Byline: Roger Butler

MUSIC, technology and education have each evolved at an unprecedented rate in recent decades. Most music is now digital and routinely accessed and distributed online.

This sea-change might seem threatening to some institutions, particularly those with a commitment to traditional western music.

Creative Music Technology at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama has always endeavoured to reflect and respond positively to change.

The time has come to consider how best the conservatoire learning programme can adapt and benefit from using the technology which is the student's natural environment.

Experience with online learning has led inevitably to the launch of a new course - MMus in Creative Music Technology by Distance Learning.

The confidence required to make this major step is based on the universal availability of technology of sufficient power and overall robustness to result in remarkably few problems, none insuperable.

It is vital that the conservatoire experience is preserved, with its focus on the individual student's musical development, and this has already been achieved.

The new course addresses issues raised by changes in social and working patterns which often prevent potential students from studying on campus.

Fortunately the new opportunities can resolve these matters by allowing students to study in a virtual learning environment, at times and places and at a pace that allows for career, family and economic issues to be balanced against the need to learn, to update new skills and to advance musically. …