Technology in Music Education




music education, technology, software, Caribbean


This study examined the use of music software as a pedagogical tool for the delivery of specific content in a music education course offered to Certificate and Bachelor of Education Program students at a Caribbean university. The existing course uses a traditional approach, and thus, the study is significant as the results would propel a shift toward transformational teaching. Twenty-four university students were chosen for the study which adopted a mixed methods approach. Over one semester, participants used a free, open-source music software program to learn simple time signatures. Students produced an assignment as well as completed a questionnaire. Ninety percent of students were able to compose eight bars of music according to a simple time signature using the software. Most participants intimated they felt comfortable and motivated using the software, they understood concepts taught, and they suggested its continued use. The majority of participants also stated that they required more training. Some participants even said that they would adopt this methodology on their teaching practicum. Based on the results, recommendations include the adoption of this and other technological teaching tools within the music program, a teaching practicum assessment, and a progressive training component for both students and staff.

Author Biographies

Adita Maharaj, The University of Trinidad & Tobago

Adita Maharaj is an assistant professor at The University of Trinidad and Tobago and working in the field of education since 1991. Her main areas of research interests are early childhood, reading, curriculum facilitation, and technology inclusion. Her tertiary level experience began in 2010 at The University of the West Indies.

Akini Gill, The University of Trinidad & Tobago

Akini Gill is a music education instructor and lecturer in the Centre for Education at The University of Trinidad and Tobago for the past eight years. He is a strong advocate for resources to reach all students with learning disabilities and believes that all children can learn.


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