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Teaching Music Online in Higher Education: 2020 conference report

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Faced with the state of emergency restrictions due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Teaching Music Online in Higher Education conference was adaptively modified to exist as a synchronous, online event. Embracing the opportunity to model online music pedagogy in its online format, organizers transformed the conference to utilize live-streaming, video recordings and other online active learning strategies. A total of 143 tertiary music instructors and graduate students from 66 institutions located around the world took part in the conference at a time of unprecedented restriction on face-to-face learning and travel restrictions. This report is both important and timely, as it provides insights into components that were found to be both necessary and fundamental to the success of the event for music researchers, teachers and other delegates in attendance. Key areas related to organization, communication, structure, protocols and activities were explored through learning analytics and a conference evaluation. Strategies and recommendations are included to assist others who wish to create and present an online conference that exemplifies online pedagogy principles.
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Keywords: COVID-19 response; Higher Education Research; adaptive pedagogy; conference report; online conference design; online music communities; online practices; teaching music online

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 000000012179088XUniversity of Melbourne

Publication date: August 1, 2020

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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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