Niko Lehtonen, grade teacher, Rastaala School
What is it all about?
The fast development of technology presents new challenges for schools and music education to keep up. Mobile and music technology has brought musical equipment into everyone’s pockets, so schools, and music lessons in particular, now have new opportunities that have not been available before.
Creating, composing, and expressing yourself through music no longer requires an ability to play traditional instruments or any knowledge of musical theory. By using modern music technology, you can give all students from all backgrounds the equal opportunity to participate in creative processes.
Technology has become an important and natural part of the everyday life of kids in many parts of the world. Schools, however, are not fully aware of the opportunities offered by technology even in music instruction – teachers are often shy or even scared to use technology. Changing the way you use technology in school requires learning entirely new skills and classroom practices.
INTO MUSIC - Technology Supporting Creativity adds modern technology, and producing, composing and writing music into music lessons.
This innovation is based on the new Finnish curriculum and offers schools and teachers know-how about music technology as well as tangible tools and methods for using digital learning environments to teach music.
Kids of all ages, all schools and groups can make use of the lessons. It requires no musical expertise from the teacher and no previous experience in making music, singing or playing instruments from the students.