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Webinar: Horizon gazing - how might technology shape the future of music education?

Event description

The first in our ‘Over the Digital Horizon’ series discusses both the ‘what’  and ‘why’ of emerging music technologies, brings together leading voices in the field, and is essential viewing for individuals and organisations responsible for shaping music provision in the UK and beyond.

We will investigate how augmented and virtual realities can enhance singing, instrumental teaching and musical inclusion, hear from instrument-makers about how they incorporate tech innovations into new instrument designs, and explore how a group of academics from NYU have designed web apps that completely rethink how we visualise the fundamentals of music theory. There will also be a chance to share ideas and discuss how they may shape our own settings in the coming years.

You will come away with

Insight into potentially game-changing technologies that are likely to impact you and the young people you work with in the coming years.

A basic understanding of augmented and virtual realities, and their educational potential.

Knowledge of how technology can support disabled and/or neuro-diverse students to better access music-making

The format for these sessions is a webinar presentation of 60-80 mins with the option to stay on for post presentation discussion with speakers and colleagues for a further 20 mins.


Stefania Serafin is professor in sonic interaction design at Aalborg University Copenhagen, where she leads the Multisensory Experience Lab. She is the president of the Sound and Music Computing Association, and the principal investigator of the newly funded Nordic Sound and Music Computing Network. Recent research has focussed on the use of augmented and virtual reality to support neuro-diverse young people access music-making.Recent research has included studies on the use of augmented and virtual reality to support neuro-diverse young people access music-making, and singing in VR with the Danish National Children’s Choir.

Mike Butera – After a lifetime of playing music and a Ph.D. in Sound Studies, Mike founded Artiphon, a company that designs and builds multi-sensory, accessible instruments. Their first offering, INSTRUMENT 1, broke Kickstarter’s funding record for a music-making product and made TIME’s list of best inventions in 2015. More recently, his team partnered with Snapchat to create a musical lens called Scan Band. Scan Band uses a cameraphone to add sound to everyday objects, allowing the user to build an instrument in their immediate environment.

Over The Digital Horizon Session 1: Horizon Gazing