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The Place of Music in 21st Century Education

The University of Sydney via Coursera


What do children need from education now, and in the future? How is technology best used in teaching and learning? How can innovative approaches to education be reconciled with established, traditional ones? What does student-centred learning really mean?

This five module course is not just for classroom or ensemble music educators. It’s suitable for anyone interested in creativity-infused education, in contemporary education issues, and in the integration and use of digital technology. It’s designed to challenge old paradigms, to inspire innovative and creative pedagogical philosophies, and to develop your ability to critically respond to the latest research.

We’ll visit schools with vastly different approaches to learning and teaching, and meet inspiring teachers and principals. We’ll venture inside the classroom to closely observe how technology is integrated with music education – or how it’s decidedly not!

We’ll talk to international leaders and experts about innovative and traditional approaches to music education, and I’ll provide insights from my own practice as well as from some of my students.

I’ll be provoking you to think critically and creatively, to develop your own ideas and theories around students’ educational needs and the impact of digital technologies, now and into the future.

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  • Technology in (music) education
    • What does music education look like with and without technology?
  • Aliens
    • Hein: "Why does classroom music seem alien?"
  • Inspiring Research
    • If we can learn music from the cloud, do we need music teachers?
  • The good news
    • What opportunities do new technologies afford music education?
  • To infinity and beyond
    • What would a pluralist music education look like?

Taught by

Dr. James Humberstone


4.8 rating at Coursera based on 67 ratings

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