WEB WATCH: Music Technology Labs
Mozee, Ben, Phi Delta Kappan
THE integration of technology into music education has spawned the emergence of music technology labs in which students can study and create music using computers, electronic instruments, and other digital devices. The following websites provide a sampling of the wide range of possibilities arising from the integration of technology labs into the music curriculum.
The Caltech Music Lab was established in 1979 and represents a high- water mark for music technology labs. This Caltech website presents cutting-edge and practical examples of student work achieved in a music education technology environment.
SoundTree is a company that delivers music technology services to educators and schools. The SoundTree website provides educators with tips on creating high-end music labs using the company's products, links to articles and resources, and lesson ideas for integrating technology into music education.
In 2003 Casio, the Japanese consumer electronics company, inked a deal to set up 100 music labs in schools in India. The company proposed these labs as a way to help students learn in a more interactive manner. This article presents the details of the project, which demonstrates the global momentum for integrating technology into music education.
John Kuzmich, Jr., is the music technology feature writer for SBO (School Band and Orchestra) magazine. In this article, he reviews the responses of music educators to a survey asking how their labs were established and financed, what software and hardware they used in the labs, how their labs were set up and maintained, what was their enrollment, and what were their plans for the future.
A manual for a University of Michigan School of Music technology lab is posted on this website. The site describes the specific guidelines for each lab station based upon its configuration of hardware and software and provides online tutorials on topics such as burning audio and data CDs and procedures for transferring a digital sequencer file to an audio CD.
This is an example of an online music lab made possible through charitable sponsorships. The website includes entertaining activities and innovative games designed to teach young band students, a resource room for teachers, and information on upcoming performances and clinics in various locales.