Can music education apps really increase the speed of learning?
The answer to this is a most definite yes.
Researching, testing, and observing students who use apps to enhance their skills as learning musicians are rising, and seem to be extremely enthusiastic about it.
It has been noted that the musical skills being repeated on a device equipped with a music education app are quickly learned and deposited into short term memory. The student then continues to “play” the app for a longer amount of time since the presentation is often quirky or fun.
The best of music education is here! I am thrilled to see so many developers working on true music education apps for iOS devices.
It is an honor to be in the front of the app world watching 21st century education unfold.
I have always been a serial-learner and a go-getter both. With how simple it is to get my hands on otherwise impossible to find education, I feel exhilarated to say the least.
I watch the light bulbs go on quicker and quicker in my students and children. It’s almost sad that we didn’t have this kind of technology a few years ago. We have no excuse not to learn anything we desire.
How Music Lesson Studios Are Using iOS Devices to Enhance Learning
What do you think of a music teacher using the iPad to help educate your child during music lessons?
The evolution of learning styles is fascinating. In ancient times, words were scratched into stone or metal. We are now in a digital stage that is marking education as never seen before.
The speed, accessibility and ease of digital information has finally entered the music education world. And, we are ready for it.
Children are wired for this new age and educators are smart to take advantage. If you have been around a 5 year old in the past 6 months you no doubt have noticed that they can navigate an iPhone with greater speed than their 30-something parent.
Here is a new approach for music educators that will increase the enthusiasm in his/her lessons studio ten-fold.
1. Do your homework. Get yourself an iPad and begin using it to find many of the wonderful education opportunities available. You will both find it exciting and mind boggling. It is worth the money. I repeat: It is worth the $.
2. Keep track of who has iOS devices in your studio. It is not appropriate to ask a parent to purchase an iPad, but you’d be surprised at how many are inquisitive and take into consideration the purchase. Many homes already have iPod touches. These work as well as iPhones.
3. Use the educational apps in your teaching studio as introduction to certain concepts. These apps can be used in one-on-one lessons as well as in small group classes. If you are a teacher in public school and have access to a smart-board then you are all set for large groups as well.
4. Regularly assign the parents who own the appropriate devices (many do) to purchase the apps that will enhance their child’s learning. The days of using interact-less worksheets are gone.
5. Help the parent(s) be aware that you are focusing on solidifying a musical concept that can be enhanced and magnified by using the interactive tool you have suggested.
6. Point out the cost comparison of the app in question to a workbook you could possibly use in exchange. The parents will opt for the app every time. And the child will be delighted.
7. Use the apps for a carefully watched amount of time at the lesson. It is easy to be excited about new apps that you find, but remember to be equally inspiring about many portions of the time they spend in your studio.
Your students will be thrilled to find that you have assigned them to “play” a game each day for part of their music practice time. And you will find as much enjoyment out of the smooth transition your student makes into the next level.