Technology in Music Education in England and Across Europe

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In this chapter, adopting an autobiographical perspective, I reflect upon the use of music technology within English school classrooms during the last 50 years. The chapter illustrates that this has become so important—particularly for creative work—that formal music technology examination syllabi for older students now exist alongside courses that focus on “traditional” music skills. The chapter also discusses the less positive position of information communications technology within the music curricula for primary school children and secondary students aged 11–14, and offers thoughts on the future of music technology within the English education system. As a backdrop to the discussion the chapter presents a short reflection on music technological developments in society during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The chapter also includes the perspectives of music educators from a wide range of European countries, during the period 2008–2011, on the position of music technology within their own educational contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Technology and Music Education
EditorsS. Alex Ruthmann, Roger Mantie
Place of PublicationOxford/New York
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780199372133
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2017

Structured keywords

  • SoE Centre for Teaching Learning and Curriculum


  • music technology
  • information communications technology
  • English secondary schools
  • primary schools
  • school classrooms
  • European perspectives
  • sequencing
  • recording
  • Ofsted
  • GCSE examination


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