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Social media as an opportunity for pedagogical change in music education

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Many higher education institutions have been utilizing learning management systems in their teaching. These systems and the ways they are used, however, usually implement a traditional instructivist approach to teaching. Social networking platforms (SNPs) and online communities are an integral part of most music students' everyday lives. SNPs are used for creating connections, but also for sharing one's music, providing information as well as for learning. They can also introduce a student-centred approach to learning by offering ownership of the environment to its core users, and by creating a need to communicate and contribute to a community of practice.
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Keywords: Web 2.0, music education technology; informal learning; online learning; online music communities; social networking

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Sibelius Academy, Helsinki.

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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