Technology in the Elementary Music Classroom
The purpose of this project was to encourage music teachers to utilize technology in the classroom to increase student retention, engagement, and creativity. The first section promotes the use of technology in music education as indicated in numerous articles and research results. The second section provides specific strategies for implementing technology into the elementary music classroom in the areas of 1) composition and creativity, 2) performance, 3) listening and sound exploration. The third section describes the benefits of the Interactive White Board and iPad including increased productivity, classroom management, and organization. Furthermore, this section describes strategies for using technology as an assessment tool. The final section of this paper outlines possible lesson ideas using the "SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition) Model." As technology becomes more prevalent in education, it is hoped that this paper will inspire music educators to embrace new technologies and use them to enhance and strengthen their curriculum goals.