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E -LEARNING AND MUSIC CLASSES: MUSIC

EDUCATION MADE POSSIBLE BY


TECHNOLOGY
Presenters:
Wilson Shitandi, Kabarak University, School of Music
and Performing Arts,
and
Kimberly Carballo, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana
University, Bloomngton.
KABARAK UNIVERSITY
1st INTERNATIONAL E-LEARNING CONFERENCE
THEME: E-LEARNING IN A DIGITAL AGE
OCTOBER 13th -14th 2016

http://www.kimcarballo.co

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Studies in E-Learning Theories and Practices

(i) Wai-chung Ho (2004) Use of information technology and music learning


in the search for quality education
(ii)

Nicole A. Buzzetto-More (2008) Student Perceptions


of Various E-Learning Components
(iii)

William Horton (2003) E-Learning Tools And Technologies: Planning


your toolkit.
Janice Waldron (2013) Youtube, fanvids, forums, vlogs
and blogs: Informal music learning in a convergent on-and
offline music community.

(iv)

(v)

Digolo, B. A. Andango, E. A., Katuli, J. (2011) ELearning as a Strategy for Enhancing Access to Music
Education.

Challenges in the Implementation of Elearning Courses in Music Education


1

Inertia and resistance to change


2 Inexperience in use of computers
3 Unfamiliarity with certain required technologies
4 Lack of resources (access to computers, modems, etc.)
5 Needed investment of time to rework materials
6 Poor internet connection
7 Lack of personal connection between teachers and
students
Digolo, B. A. Andango, E. A., Katuli, J. (2011) & Waichung Ho (2004)
Our

experience fills in the gap in the conversation


surrounding practical music e-learning.

Description of General E-Learning


Models and Technologies
En

masse: MOOCs; shared learning communities


and/or public resources like Kahn Academy; etc.
http://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let_s_us
e_video_to_reinvent_education

Group

classes: mostly or partly in person but


with discussion boards; all on-line but with
recorded or live (in person or via webcam)
segments in combination with discussion boards;
all on-line and off-line distribution of materials
(work at your own pace)

Individual:

emails; one-to-one Skype sessions;


file sharing; etc.

Tunaweza Kimuziki Initiatives and E-Learning


Experiences
http://tunawezakimuziki.wordpress.com/team-members/
Clarinet

pedagogy class with Prof. Howard Klug:


http://info.music.indiana.edu/faculty/current/klug-howard.shtml

Flute

pedagogy class with Prof. Kate Lukas:


http://info.music.indiana.edu/faculty/current/lukas-kathryn.shtml

Voice

master classes and private lessons with various


facilitators, including Prof. Kevin Murphy:
http://info.music.indiana.edu/faculty/current/murphy-kevin.shtm
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Piano

lessons with various facilitators, including Andrew Pham:


http://pages.uoregon.edu/adossin/UOStudio/Andrew.html
Band classes with Prof. Jeff Gershman
Kabarak High School Music Students
Kenyatta University Music Students and Faculty
Nairobi School Music Students

Music Practicals E-Learning Experiences and


Demonstrations
(i) On-line performances???
(ii) Music Practicals On-line Content
Language:

diction, translations, comprehension


Basic musicianship details (pitches, rhythms,
phrases, etc.)
Effective communication skills: body language,
stage presence
Certain technical details: breath, placement of
the voice, etc.

Challenges in the E-Learning Music Practicals


Basic

internet connection
Image quality
Sound quality/delay
Time zone difference
Physical cues/modeling replaced by
verbal
Occasional lack of
suitable/convenient/conducive
setting/space for ELearning music
practicals

Prospects / Next steps / way forward/Benefits


Continue

to supplement and motivate with onthe-ground instruction (from faculty already there
in Kenya and from visiting faculty)
Expand program to include teaching from
instructors on topics such as dance, instrument
construction, traditional music, language, etc.
Expand offers to include other students on both
sides of the ocean, including students from
Precious Blood and Kabarak schools, as well as
other pedagogy students from JSoM
BENEFITS
Continue to facilitate study abroad options for Kenyan
and US students share musical information (resources,
teaching and performing materials, etc.)
Improve Quality of Music Education for students across
the ocean

Through

e-Learning, collaborations with other music


departments around the globe are strengthened, and
new ones are made possible.
Through engagement in discussion forums, skype, fb,
blogs, vblogs and online collaborative activities,
endless possibilities for sharing knowledge are created.
Such collaborative approaches encourage formation of
discussion groups (virtual communities) involving
students from diverse institutions interacting with each
other.
Collaborations between lecturers also provide
opportunities for intercultural research activities,
where faculty from different countries and continents
conduct research within their localities, thereby
producing rich findings representative of their different
cultural and economic settings.
Wai-chung

Ho (2004)

Digolo, B. A. Andango, E. A., Katuli, J. (2011)