Archive for January, 2011

Creative Engagement

If we look back, the recent developments regarding user generated content are quite impressive.
One particular topic I am interested for the moment concerns the development of tools to scaffold the teaching of music to young children. At the beginning it was just curiosity following my own experience as a father of two young musicians (violin players – 3 and 10 years old). The more I read the more fascinating I find the subject. Interviews with music teachers revealed an aspect that I never thought before: the comparison between teaching children how to read and how to read music. The interesting bit was the comment that in most cases parents of young children can help them with their reading progress but are music illiterates when it comes to the reading of music. This fact makes the music teachers tasks more demanding. Now, how can we change this? Can we engage parents to help their children learning music and be themselves creative about it?

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