Music Instruction and Technology Integration

This page is meant to help educators in the field of music education with resources and ideas for technology integration in the classroom. Each of the following sections is comprised of a different technology integration strategy followed by a problem statement, the strategy itself, the relative advantage of incorporating this strategy, the expected outcome, and an additional resource.

Using the Internet for Instruction: Web/Video Conferencing

  1. Problem Statement: Music classes are usually not equipped with computers or technology that would allow all students to access the Internet for regular use.
  2. Integration strategy: Teachers could arrange a day (or more) of class time for students to video conference with a professional in the field of music, or even a professional who plays their specific instrument. Mini “lessons” could be held between the professional and the students through the use of webcams and video conferencing software and hardware.
  3. Relative Advantage: This would give students a connection to a real-world professional in their field of interest. Students would be learning about music through an alternative mode and would gain another perspective about their instrument or music in general.
  4. Expected Outcome: Students would be excited to learn from a professional and be more motivated to practice their instrument for class. Students would build on concepts given by the professional to enhance their musical skills.
  5. Resources: Video conferencing can be used effectively in all classrooms. Click this link to learn about more ways video conferencing can be used for educational purposes:

Tool Software: Finale Music Software

  1. Problem Statement: Music educators don’t often use the same tool software as other classroom teachers.
  2. Integration strategy: Students can use Finale software in class to compose their own songs to play on their instruments. These original pieces could be used for performances, auditions, or just for fun.
  3. Relative Advantage: The features in this software allow for quick and easy storage of work, playback, and efficient performance preparation. Students can work at their own pace, creating music that fits their personalities and working to “perfect” or improve their own creation.
  4. Expected Outcome: Students learn to create their own music through the use of technology, which may motivate them to learn new things in new ways.
  5. Resources: To learn more about Finale music products or to purchase software, visit this link:

Instructional Software: Practica Musica

  1. Problem Statement: All students learn differently, and various instructional software may help some learners when it comes to music instruction.
  2. Integration strategy: Students would have individual class time to practice their music with this software to fine-tune their skills so they could play more effectively with a larger group.
  3. Relative Advantage: This software could offer students individual help with certain aspects of learning music like music theory, training the ear, etc.
  4. Expected Outcome: With individual help, students would become more skilled at music and could play an instrument better. This software may give some students more confidence in music performance and education.
  5. Resources: Acting as a “personal music tutor,” Practica Musica can help students build various musical skills. Click here to visit their site:

Productivity Software: Apple/Emagic Logic

  1. Problem Statement: Technology is often left out of music instruction when learning to play an instrument or compose music.
  2. Integration strategy: Teachers could assign students individual tasks to accomplish using Apple’s Logic Studio. Emagic would be a great tool to motivate students to have fun while exploring endless possibilities of mixing and sound design.
  3. Relative Advantage: Use of this software would allow students to see a less traditional side of music in the classroom. This could motivate students to incorporate music into their lives even outside the classroom and build skills that could provide future opportunities for careers or simply for leisure.
  4. Expected Outcome: Students would learn about music composition by exploring sound mixing effects and learning about how music is made today. This knowledge could be transferred to more traditional modes of music instruction, including performing as a large group.
  5. Resources: Visit Apple’s Logic Studio for more resources and to learn more about Emagic for musical learners.

Roblyer, M.D. & Doering, A. K. (2009). Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching. 5th edition. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.