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Music two-point-zero: music, technology and digital independence

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Internet technologies have enabled a participatory culture which is transforming value systems and opening new pathways for autonomous creativity and innovation. In this web 2.0 phenomenon, social networks continue to define the information society and, in turn, redefine music career opportunities quite differently from traditional preconceptions. In parallel, higher education ideology is consumed by a preoccupation with branding, where universities control websites as information delivery tools, while classroom timetables and e-learning systems systematize pedagogical models which limit students' professional potential. This paper examines this disconnect and frames a praxis intervention project to address the need for dynamic ontologies that can be maintained in a training environment reminiscent of social networking. The project details the outcomes of a longitudinal action research project and makes the case for music 2.0 education, that is, for independent musical craft and technological expertise set in authentic learning contexts.

Keywords: action research; knowledge transfer; music 2.0; music technology; praxis intervention; social networking; web 2.0

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

Publication date: November 26, 2008

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  • The Journal of Music, Technology and Education (JMTE) explores the issues concerning the use of technology in music education. It examines pedagogy at all levels and across genres such as composition, musicology, performance and music production. It is the only journal specifically dedicated to the educational aspects of music technology and the technological aspects of music. Peer-reviewed, with an international editorial board, JMTE aims to draw its contributions from a broad community of educators, researchers and practitioners who are working closely with new technologies in the fields of music education and music technology education.
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