Towards a model for selecting educational software in music teaching-learning processes

Μυγδάνης Γιάννης

Προφορική Ανακοίνωση

Session Ψηφιακά μέσα και μουσική εκπαίδευση ( Saturday, 16-Apr-22 17:00:00 EEST )

Technological developments of recent years have transformed students' musical experiences, developing new forms of musical expression, creation and learning. Although there is now ample data on implementing digital media in music education, their use in music lessons seems limited due to the lack of music-technological training and teachers' hesitation to design activities with technology (Bauer, 2020). The COVID-19 pandemic crisis brought these problems to the fore again, as it became apparent that practices applied in the music class cannot be transferred to the digital environment without any adaptation (Schiavio et al., 2021). In searching for new educational material, teachers used a variety of digital objects, some of which had effective pedagogical results while others did not. In this uncertain educational environment, concerns arose about the suitability of educational software in music teaching processes.

Educational software consists of a digital product focusing on supporting teaching and enhancing learning processes (Komis, 2018; Dimitriadis, 2015). Its design follows specific cognitive, pedagogical and technological specifications (Tzimogiannis, 2019) through a combination of educational methodologies, learning theories, teaching models and approaches based on their compatibility and complementarity (Komis, 2018). Implementing digital objects in teaching-learning processes is directly related to the strategies adopted in each classroom, supporting educational aims (Tzimogiannis, 2019). Depending on the development orientation, there are distinct educational software categories  -drill & practice, simulation, multimedia, games, etc. (Dimitriadis, 2015).

This paper focuses on designing an educational software selection model in music teaching-learning processes. Drawing on current models of technology integration in education, the development axes concentrate on technological issues -accessibility, compatibility, cost- content issues -multimodal presentation, type/category-, assessment methods -for students and teachers-, connection with modern music pedagogical approaches -interdisciplinarity, active learning, collaborative practices, etc.-, and association with philosophical and theoretical principles - learning theories, instructional design. Axes operate in a complementary framework. The development of the model makes it evident that the selection and incorporation of digital objects do not inevitably contribute to the quality improvement of the educational processes, as any digital tool can not contribute to the learning process when an appropriate technological-pedagogical framework has not been formed. As an educational software is only a cognitive tool (Dimitriadis, 2015), and teachers should be able to integrate any educational software in musical-educational activities, adjusted to the specific conditions of their classroom and in a properly designed technological-pedagogical environment in ways that can present added value in music teaching-learning processes.

  • Νέοι γραμματισμοί (ψηφιακός, πολυτροπικός, ηλεκτρονική πληροφορία)
  • Νέες μουσικές-τεχνολογικές εμπειρίες
Keywords Digital media in music education, educational software, technological-pedagogical model
Language Ελληνική
Author(s) CV

Yannis Mygdanis (MMus, MEd, MSc) is a musician and a PhD candidate in Music Education at the European University of Cyprus (EUC). He holds a Master's degree in Music Education (EUC), Advanced Teaching (UoPeople), and Information Systems (AUEB). Graduated in piano, contemporary piano (LRSL) and electronic organ(DipLCM), he completed his studies in Advanced Music Theory (AmusTCL) and obtained diplomas in Choral Conducting and Music Composition with "Distinction". His articles have been published in many international scientific journals. He has written music for theatre, short films, fairy tales, and he has released two musical albums and three digital singles with compositions by Greek and foreign poets. He is a trainer in the distance learning program "Digital technology in music-audio education of children and adults" from the Lifelong Learning Center of Ionian University. He teaches piano, electronic keyboards and music theory at the Municipal Conservatory of Amaroussion.