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focus on the future
how technology is changing music
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
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.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Disney Extra Credit - Fall 2013
Disney Extra Credit - Fall 2013
Walt Disney, Educator
A Touching Reunion
Engineering for Today
Research and Storytelling
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
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