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Music education lecture focuses on technology and music education in the digital age

Loyola press release - February 10, 2012

The Music Education Department at Loyola University New Orleans presents leading scholar James T. Frankel, Ph.D., in a lecture on Saturday, March 3 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall. Sponsored by Loyola’s Music Education Lecture Series, the seminar is free and open to the public. Louisiana continuing learning units will be awarded to music teachers who participate.

Frankel, assistant professor of new technologies in music education at the Teachers College at Columbia University, will explore the future of music education in the digital age and how music technology can help educators connect with today’s tech-savvy students.

According to Frankel, current teacher training on technology often focuses on how to use the gear rather than how to teach with it. While it is crucial to be comfortable with technology before utilizing it with students, it is arguably more important to have a clear set of strategies in place on how best to incorporate those technologies into an existing or new music curriculum.

The seminar will focus on ways to effectively integrate music technology into K‐12 music education by exploring a variety of hardware, software and online tools that can enhance all aspects of music instruction.

A widely published expert on music education, Frankel is also president of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction and managing director for SoundTree Technology/KORG USA, Inc.

The mission of the Music Education Lecture Series is to enrich the intellectual and cultural lives of students, faculty, music teachers in the greater New Orleans region and the community at large by bringing distinguished individuals in the music education profession to campus for presentations on specialized subjects.

For more information, contact Jess Brown in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at jlbrown@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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