The Misunderstanding of Music-Technology-Education: A Meta Perspective

Evangelos Himonides

in The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 2

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199928019
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Music

 The Misunderstanding of Music-Technology-Education: A Meta Perspective

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This article explores the concept of “technology” within the wider contexts of music and education. It draws upon a recent position paper by Himonides and Purves (2010), which argues that technology should not be viewed as a solution for the music educator to apply in the classroom. “Music technology” should be treated like any other tool that supports learning and teaching; helps us engage with valued forms of knowledge; celebrates and recognizes the importance of prior learning and experience; requires the teacher to scaffold learning; needs assessment to be congruent with learning; promotes the active engagement of the learner; fosters both individual and social processes and outcomes; recognizes the significance of informal learning; depends on teacher learning; and, finally, demands consistent policy frameworks with support for teaching and learning as the primary focus.

Keywords: music education; music technology; music educators

Article.  9532 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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