Emily Akuno - Further Perspective

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Technology in the Music Classroom in Kenya: Rethinking creativity and curriculum

The Kenyan music classroom is a tapestry of experiences, challenges and revelations that accommodate, support and impact creativity. The curriculum allows for the application of a variety of resources for delivery, with facilities varying with the learning context. Technology has greatly influenced the evolution of music styles in the country, resulting in a rich and varied soundscape as the learning environment. This article addresses the issue of availability and use of technology in music learning, and its impact and possible ramifications on policy and curriculum planning. Field studies reveal varying degrees of availability and application of resources and articulate the role of technology in facilitating music experience, skill development and knowledge transfer. The article recommends re-thinking music learning and instruction, adoption of new teaching strategies and conceptualisation of creativity and the curriculum through technology.