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Music Education with Digital Technology by John Finney

Music Education with Digital Technology


Music Education with Digital Technology by John Finney

This book is focused on and recognises the valuable and varied roles and interactions with ICT, as a source and resource for teaching, learning and research in music and music making in the secondary school. This book draws together a range of innovative practices underpinned by theoretical insight that helps to clarify musical practices of relevance to the changing nature of schooling and the transformation of music education. In this way, it addresses a pressing need to provide new ways of thinking about the application of music and technology in schools. More specifically it covers a diverse and wide range of technology, environments and contexts on topics that demonstrate and recognize new possibilities for innovative work in music in education. It deals with teaching strategies and approaches that stimulate different forms of musical experience, meaningful engagement, musical learning, creativity and teacher-learner interactions, responses, monitoring and assessment.It investigates how teachers and pupils voice and value their experiences in particular contexts and environments with specific software, hardware and forms of technology. It explores the professional development aspects involved in teachers and learners utilising and interacting with technology and the secondary music curriculum. It introduces reflective practices and research methodologies of great interest and relevance to music teachers, teacher-trainers, community artists and for researchers and professional practitioners alike. This series takes a scholarly look at the significant impact digital technology has had on teaching. Each book takes a different subject and discusses the specific implications the increased used of digital technology as a tool for learning has on their particular topic.


'The editors have assembled an impressive list of contributors - 17 academics, teachers, researchers and musicians, who are mainly from the UK but also from Ireland, Australia, Hong Kong and the USA... [This book] explores a wide range of digital technologies, including iPods, ring tones, DJ mixing, MIDI workstations, sound synthesis, recording, sequencing and score writing software, and the affordances of Web 2.0, including blogs, podcasts, wikis and social networking sites.'
British Journal of Music Education

'A welcome addition to the literature on digital technology and music education. For those studying to be teachers, or researching music education at university, it will serve as an important reference work. I would also like to hope that it could influence classroom practice.'
Bill Crow in Music Education Research

'What John Finney and Pamela Burnard have managed to achieve is perhaps the first truly unique contribution to the challenges, changes and innovations that digital technology presents to the music curricula for teachers in schools today...this book is certainly useful and thought provoking, and is a welcome addition to the literature in the field of music education.'
Andrew King in the Journal of Music, Technology and Education

About the Author

John Finney is Senior Lecturer in Music Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. Pamela Burnard is Senior Lecturer in Music and Arts Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

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Publication date

10th March 2009


John Finney

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


236 pages


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