L’école de Musique Conectée focuses on new technologies for teaching music. Through tablets, computers and smarthphones, it expands teaching possibilities and meets the needs of new musicians.
Just as social networks have revolutionized the music industry, new technologies are revolutionizing the way music is made. To become known before the internet, you had to have your music on the radio and your music video on MTV – things almost impossible for most artists. After the emergence of YouTube, anyone can launch their own video without leaving home. It is worth remembering that this happened with singer Justin Bieber, who began his career with covers on a YouTube channel.
That the music industry has changed, everyone has realized (or at least, should have realized). But the impact of new technologies on teaching and musical production is a much younger subject.
The director of the Solaure music school, Marie-Aline Bayon, is the author of a book on the digital revolution and music education. Convinced of the relevance of digital tools, she launched L’école de Musique Conectée, the first connected music school in France. The goal is to use electronic applications and devices to create a new music practice.
In this video we can see the use of Super Pads, Brazilian musical application that has stood out in the world scenario:
Super Pads resembles a DJ controller table, with buttons that play different beats. Every day the application launches a new sound kit, inspired by a famous song. After the last update, the app also has the “create kit” function. This is the tool used in the connected school class, where users can add their own sounds to the pads.
“This feature of Super Pads is really interesting because you can pick
up sounds from existing kits in the application and put them on a pad,
record sounds directly through the device’s microphone, or upload
sounds through the device’s library. are therefore multiple!”
Marie-Aline Bayon – Director of Solaure
We perceive a change in the way we make music. While nostalgists may believe that real DJ’s are those who know how to sync vinyl records, the current scenario shows that things have changed. You have to open your head to understand that new technologies bring many facilities, but also new possibilities.
Let’s take the example of DJ Alan Walker, who under 20 years has passed 1 billion views with his song Faded, on YouTube. He learned to compose himself, through tutorials on YouTube, using only a laptop and software. He is part of the new generation of connected musicians, as well as Martin Garrix, who at the age of 17 debuted on the world’s top 100 DJs list.
In a previous scenario, it would be almost impossible for such young and resource-poor artists to achieve such success. Technology makes access to information and tools to create content much more democratic.
The world has changed and it will not return to being like 20 years ago. It is important that educators do not see new technologies as challenges to be overcome within a classroom, but as tools that can increase the potential and possibilities for learning, as Marie-Aline Bayon believes.