Chapter 1

A Conceptual Framework for Technology-Assisted Music Learning

This chapter serves as an introduction to the book and the Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge (TPACK) conceptual framework around which the book is designed.  The discussion situates the use of technology for music learning within a context of technology’s role in general education, society, and our daily lives.  Drawing on the research literature, the point is made that technology hasn’t become a truly integrated aspect of many music classrooms.  Taking the position that a major reason for this is that most music teachers don’t have the complete knowledge and skill set (TPACK) necessary to effectively incorporate technology into classes and rehearsals, the TPACK model is introduced as an approach that may be advantageous.  The model is explained, with applications to music provided.


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