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focus on the future how technology is changing music T echnological advances impact every area of our lives. From transportation and entertainment to household appliances, our work practices and beyond, you’d be hard pressed to find a situation where innovations in technology have not changed your day-to-day life. Of course this is also true in the field of music. Discoveries such as electricity and elasticity have had an impact on the way musicians arrange sounds. But it’s more than that. New technology also changes the way we think about music. Technology is changing the way we rehearse and perform. Pianists can now use an iPad with a wireless foot pedal in lieu of a conventional score. Musicians use electronic tablets that are backlit to view sheet music onscreen in situations with poor lighting. iTunes alone offers 487 metronome apps and 682 tuner apps. The list of ways in which musicians use even the most basic of technological gadgets is endless. Accessing and sharing music is easier than ever. Thanks to high-speed data transfer, we now have the ability to consume massive streams of music. You can collaborate with someone across the globe, gain exposure to a wide variety of musical styles and even assemble a professional quality home studio in your own spare bedroom. The gap between the home engineer and the studio engineer is disappearing and, thanks to technology, today virtually anyone can record. Music education has found new life outside of the classroom. Want to learn how to play the bagpipes from someone in Scotland? Practice ukulele with your cousin in Hawai’i? Thanks to online programs like Skype, now you can. While students were previously limited to the pool of potential teachers within a 20-mile radius from their homes, this is no longer the case. Wannabe musicians can even find a bevy of free online training on YouTube. And the convenience of online learning also means fewer missed lessons. The way music “sounds” is constantly evolving. Synthesize it. Manipulate it. Loop it. Reinvent it. Technology facilitates the creation of completely new sounds in ways previously thought impossible. Entire new genres of music appear and disappear in rapid succession, breeding new sounds, new styles and new musical innovations. And the door to future possibilities continues to remain wide open. Advances in technology make it easier to write, perform, record and reinvent music, and also allow more people to become involved in music. From the quiet listener to the active producer, the way people view, think about and create music is constantly evolving. Are you looking for ideas on how to evolve music education? Join the conversation happening on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/DisneyPerformingArts. 46 | N extra credit http://www.Facebook.com/DisneyPerformingArts

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Disney Extra Credit - Fall 2013

Disney Extra Credit - Fall 2013
Walt Disney, Educator
Career Spotlight
A Touching Reunion
Engineering for Today
Career Spotlight
Research and Storytelling
Center Stage
Disney Dreamers Academy
The Path to Newsies
Creativity in the Classroom
Educational Field Trips
Inspiring Through Theatre
Festival Disney Turns 10
New Learning Opportunities
The Visual Musicians
Beyond the Bright Lights
Music Education Excellence
Focus on the Future
Poetic License
Spotlight On: The Disney Honors
Disney Performing Arts Alumni
Mickey’s Education Adventure
Disney Performing Arts Opportunities
Disney Youth Education Series Opportunities
Students Get the “Scoop”
The Fundamentals of Finance
Advertisers and Thank You
Travel Planner Honors
Mickey’s Mind Teasers

Disney Extra Credit - Fall 2013

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