Explore digital technology in music education


Connect: Resound

There are lots of exciting ways in which new technology is being used to deliver and enhance the teaching of music, in and out of formal education.  Here are just a few examples for you to explore:

Resources and Signposting

UCan Play

Connect: Resound technology partner UCan Play acts as bridge between industry and education to enable the use of new technology in music making and learning. Their website is a great tool to help you to keep up to date with the latest hardware and software to assist your teaching and learning: www.ucanplay.tv

Youth Music Network

The Youth Music Network is the online community supporting anyone with an interest in music making with young people, and can help you to find digital music making opportunities and events near you: network.youthmusic.org.uk

Sound and Music

Sound and Music is the national charity for new music, and has a range of learning resources, toolkits and articles about how new music can be explored and created with and by children and young people.  For information about their work with digital technology, visit: www.soundandmusic.org/projects/digital www.soundandmusic.org/projects/minute-listening

Duncan Chapman’s useful links page!

Composer, sound artist and musician Duncan Chapman has created a comprehensive links page of resources, tools and inspiration for creating and manipulating music using digital technology: www.duncanchapman.org/links

Organisations and projects

Drake Music

Drake Music is a dynamic music and technology hub, promoting the use of assistive music technology to make music accessible. The organisation has developed a wealth of innovative and imaginative approaches to teaching, learning and making music: www.drakemusic.org

London Philharmonia

London’s Philharmonia Orchestra uses digital technology in a range of ways to bring the company’s work to a wider audience, and in their education and outreach work: www.philharmonia.co.uk/explore/projects

Sonic Pi: Live & Coding

Sonic Pi: Live & Coding demonstrates how the low cost, highly accessible Raspberry Pi computer can be used as a musical instrument. The website has lots of resources which can be used to encourage children and young people to learn programming and live coding in order to create new music. Sonic Pi: Live & Coding is a project run by Cambridge Junction, Cambridge University and the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Like Connect: Resound, the project was supported by the Digital R & D Fund for the Arts. www.sonicpiliveandcoding.com

Accessible Arts and Media- iMUSE

York based arts organisation, and NYMAZ delivery partner, Accessible Arts and Media have developed the unique iMUSE programme, a multisensory, interactive music, sound, visual and vibration stimulation experience that enables those with PMLD to control their immediate environment through movement and sound: www.aamedia.org.uk/index.php/news-page/174-new-imuse-sensory-programme-launches

Tools and widgets

Apollo Ensemble

Apollo Ensemble is a system which enables people of all abilities to control music, light and image for play, performance and learning: www.apolloensemble.co.uk

The Skoog

The Skoog is an easy to play instrument designed to help people explore sounds and music in their own way, whatever their ability: www.skoogmusic.com/skoog/Education

Khoros

Khoros is an interactive musical instrument designed for SEN/mainstream schools, hospices, activity centres and homes as assistive technology, multi sensory equipment, a teaching resource.  It can be used in a range of ways to help create and learn about music and add exciting aural elements to work in the classroom: www.khoros.co.uk