Changing Music Education with iOS

| February 14, 2011

I’m just going to get this off my chest now: I NEED AN iPAD!
(But I’ll wait just a little longer for the next generation model)

Apple’s rising star, the iPad is soaring into every facet of media. Music, movies, video, games, news, weather, stocks, the list goes on. If only there were a hot griddle attachment for making flapjacks and eggs. Like the iPhone before it, the iPad utilizes applications that run on the iOS operating system. These apps provide a variety of functions and utilities for users and new apps are always being added to Apple’s App Store.

The potential present, in regards to iOS devices and Education, is phenomenal. At this time there are a number of music making apps as well as sequencers, effect processors, and non traditional instruments available. While some applications are more “game” like, others may allow music education teachers to connect with their students in a more modern way. This, combined with the instant feedback these devices provide, allows music making to happen much faster.

In one-on-one studio settings music and exercises may be queued up on the device. Within the right application this would allow students to read and listen to the music they are working on. Furthermore, the utilization of the devices recording features may allow students to record and reflect on their progress. Going even further, iOS may allow students to share their recordings on the web via blogs or wikis.

In the general music classroom students could participate in lessons based solely around applications. Multitrack recording applications and sequencers would allow to students to manipulate and experience their work simultaneously. Subsequently, this would allow students to share and explain their work with the entire class.

Boiled down, the biggest advantage of this technology is the fact that students can engage with technology and music in a meaningful way. Our students live in a digital world. Therefore, we should encourage the use of technology and allow our students to explore it.