Lauri Väkevä - Further Perspective

(Alex Ruthmann) #1

Defining and Acknowledging Music Education Technology in Music Teacher Training

In this further perspective, I discuss music education technology from the standpoint of Finnish music teacher education. After narrating shortly my own history as a digital immigrant, I describe Finnish music education system and the varied functions technology has had in it. While music technology has been studied for decades in the country, there has been a lack of pedagogical concentration on communication technology and the social aspects of music technology. It seems that, at least in Finland, we need a rethinking of how music education technology courses can widen music teachers’ visions. Music teacher training programs would seem to be natural habitats for experimenting with different expressive and creative aspects of digital technology. I conclude by presenting three suggestions on how to organize music education technology studies in Finnish music teacher education.