Music & Education – Why Technology should matter

Music & Education – Why Technology should matter

The recent in-depth research report from the Music Commission outlined that music teaching could be left behind in an old acoustic age if it does not keep up with technology.  The Creative Team from Academia back this research and are driving home the message about technology support in music education.

The report (available here) concluded that too much music education does not reflect the reality of how young people engage with music. It says there is a risk this “disconnect” means current teaching methods may become outdated and argues technology could help stop music from disappearing from schools.

The commission, led by key figures in contemporary music and set up by the Arts Council England and the Associated Boards of the Royal Schools of Music, says technology is evolving at a rapid rate.  From apps that allow users to compose digital music on smartphones to ‘teach yourself the guitar’ YouTube videos, the opportunities technology offers for learning, making and engaging in music are significant.

The Creative team from Academia, specialists in Creative Arts & Industries IT and technology, have echoed the sentiment of the report.  Neil Boia, the Creative Arts & Industries Business Manager for the team, added: “Our Music and Media ICT solutions for the Education sector have always been answering the same question on how technology should support music learning in education.”

Neil continued “As authorised resellers for the leading creative software developers on the market and with an in-depth understanding of the multitude of single and multi-seat licensing options available, we have always advised on both the software that best suits and education establishment needs and the most efficient and cost-effective way for them to license and manage these applications”

From classical music composition and electronic music production, through to colour grading and video editing, hardware peripherals can simplify navigating multiple audio and video applications with the Academia philosophy on music education in the classroom.

The creative team abide by a 4-step process to determine the level of technology support a music room in education would require:

1 – Qualification – We always review software developer’s minimum system requirements and hardware manufacturers qualified systems reports and spec sheets to ensure your fully supported system.

2 – Connectivity – from Thunderbolt to PCIe chassis systems, to qualified iPad interfaces, we can advise on how best to interface your music & media equipment with your workstation of choice.

3 – Security – We offer dongle security solutions to protect your Pro Tools iLoks, Cubase e-Licenser keys and Reason Ignition Keys, through to cable systems to lock your music and media peripherals to the desk.

4 – Portability – We can specify portable bags and flight cases for location work through to notebook and tablet trolleys to move multiple systems between classrooms with ease.

To discuss the report in more detail and how the creative team from Academia can provide the solutions needed, please talk to the team today at creative.academia.co.uk or call on 01992 703 900 or email info@academia.co.uk



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