Is This The Future Of Music Education?

Clair de lune From Scratch      08/09/09

Hugh Sung's Youtube video series Clair de lune from Scratch is a great example of how social media can be used for music education.

So good, in fact, that it makes me wonder if this is the future of music education.

At first glance, Sung's video looks like just another Youtube "how to play" video.

Give it another look, though, and you'll find:

  • The series is incredibly deep, with 24 videos so far;
  • It's filmed from multiple angles, providing appropriate views for both his discussion of the music and his playing demonstrations;
  • Sung includes links with his videos to a free PDF copy of the music that you can download;
  • He makes use MusicReader, an application that lets him annotate the score as he discusses it;
  • He doesn't assume anything about your knowledge of music, so he explains things like clefs along the way; and
  • He's using the video comments section to respond to users questions, which range from technology questions to questions about interpretation.

You might argue that nothing can replace the one-on-one interaction between pupil and student.

How many beginning students, though, have access to a teacher of Sung's caliber? And where else but Youtube can you get this sort of music education, on your own schedule, for free?

Internet media is going to radically change music education. Music educators that adapt, like Sung, may find new opportunities, coming from anywhere in the world. Music educators that don't adapt, though, could find themselves in the same position as newspapers - losing people's attention as people turn to cheaper, more convenient Internet alternatives.

What do you think? Is the Internet going to revolutionize the way we learn music?

James Lewin
Twitter @podcasting_news

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   Said...

Nick,

This is absolutely brilliant. The world just got a little bit better!

Thanks!!!

09-Sep-09 10:04 AM


e cantera    Said...

Yes indeed the internet can revolutionize music education but be careful! Music education means taking a student through a legitimate set of skills and information in a sequential manner. Learning songs by video is not music education though it certainly may have its place (the guitar world is littered with this type of learning for example).

The internet gives great teachers a way to communicate with a large audience and it also it gives lousy teachers the same opportunity. For a glimpse of what music education online can be - take a look at the following video:

http://www.musicked.com/demo/musicked.htm

09-Sep-09 02:46 PM


Howard Beale    Said...

Yes, where else can you get a teacher of his level? Well, in my view...pretty much anywhere. Music Education is filled with "musicians who teach" that present music in the same way they were taught. Focusing the goal as "learning a song" rather than learning a language. In how many spoken languages do you start your path by reading a book? None! You learn the alphabet, you learn words, you learn the basics in a sequential order.

Just because something is on YouTube does not give it validity. In most cases it is poor information taht will frustrate a student and guide them on the wrong path. If something is free, you're likely getting what you paid for.

Learning the language of music is NOT tedious or boring. It sets you on course to enjoy music for the rest of your life rather than giving up because all you've learned in your hours staring at Tabs online is how to half-a###d play the intros to "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Stairway To Heaven".

09-Sep-09 02:54 PM


Dirk    Said...

I don't think this helps any further. Check this instead: http://tiny.cc/T4j8l

23-Nov-09 02:46 AM


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