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Can electronic music revolutionise school music lessons? | Musique Non Stop

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Can electronic music revolutionise school music lessons?

In an effort to stave off the decreasing popularity of music, some secondary school teachers are swapping the traditional classical-based curriculum for Ableton hardware and YouTube tutorials

Recalling school music classes can conjure memories of keyboard demos and messing around with maracas. But if students don’t have private lessons to learn a traditional instrument, the classical-based curriculum can be off-putting beyond year nine, so much so that between 2010 and 2015, the number of pupils continuing with music at A-level dropped by 22%. With free YouTube tutorials encouraging extracurricular education and a new scheme giving production hardware to schools, electronic music could become a way in which schools can engage a new generation of musically curious students.

Software makers Ableton say certainly believe so. In 2015, after parting ways with their previous manufacturer, the digital audio company asked DJs and producers from around the world to return their old machines in exchange for a discount on their new equipment. They received more than 6,000 of their Push 1 units back and last month, as part of a new educational initiative, send the first refurbished batch to schools that had applied for them.

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by Tess Reidy via Electronic music | The Guardian