Music technology and education
Music technology and popular music are inextricably linked. Even though music technology has been integrated into various music curricula and examination regulations for some years, there is still a gap between formal regulations and concepts for educational practice. Within German-speaking countries respective research has been neglected, so that practice-based lesson material by researchers and practitioners is still scarce, limited in scope, and not systematically covering all areas of the field. This seminar deals with the opportunities, chances and challenges of integrating music technologies into popular music education. In addition to the discussion of existing methods and approaches in German literature, we will get acquainted with concepts and curricula in the UK, US, Australia and Scandinavia – all being countries with an established tradition of teaching music technology and popular music. Collectively we will experience teaching approaches from those countries and discuss how these might be adopted to a different educational context. The seminar finally aims at refining the approaches of the different national curricula, manuals and class books to create concepts for the individual educational contexts at Swiss schools and music schools.