Ruth Wright - Further Perspective

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A Sociological Perspective on Technology in Music Education

This writing will consider the questions’ Where is technology within music education? Who is affected and how?’ from a perspective drawn from sociology and in particular the sociology of music education. I will discuss the emergence of a Totally Technologized Society, akin to the Totally Pedagogised Society identified by Bernstein (2000) and consider its implications for music technology and music education. I will suggest that many students exist in an educational technotopia that offers great potential within models such as informal music learning for more equitable models of music education.