Can Spotify, The Echo Nest & Amazon Save Music Education?
Before any of us started to DJ or mess around with a fresh copy of Ableton, we had a burning desire to play with music and create it. For some of us it started at a young age when we realized how magical it was to listen to your favorite song. If you were lucky enough to have a music program at school, you could pick up the violin, the clarinet, or something in between and learn the basics of music theory. This is where I got my start into music making and this is where most of us learned what a scale of notes was. I’m thankful that I had the chance to learn something on a classical instrument – but these days it isn’t looking very good for our youth.
Music programs are not what they used to be, and when a school undergoes budget cuts, music is usually on the chopping block. School officials see music as an extracurricular rather than a subject that teaches discipline, knowledge, and teamwork. Who knows what the future of music programs for kids will look like – they might not even exist. But if digital technology becomes implemented in music classrooms, the next generation might have a shot at keeping up with music technology.