Evolving technologies require educational policy change: Music education for the 21st century


  • Renee Crawford Monash University




There is growing discussion among education and government authorities on rethinking education in the 21st century. This increasing area of interest has come in response to the evolution of technology and its effect on the future needs and requirements of society. Online applications and social networking capabilities have accelerated in popularity, revealing their potential. The recognised benefits of technology for the use of music education have resulted in collaborative projects and learning and teaching that is not constricted by walls or location. Music education can be accessible to all young people through a combination of social media, blogging and interactive creative musical activities to engage students in all locations, including rural and remote areas. In this 21st century classroom, music education includes online resources, digital learning, in-school workshops, online master classes and live concert streaming where a range of musical styles are explored. This article explores the learning and teaching outcomes of Project Music X, an online music education project designed to fill an important gap in the provision of music education programs in regional and remote schools using a range of web 2.0 technologies. Technology in this context does not only align with the thinking of young people, but also provides a platform for students in remote and rural areas to engage with high quality music education and performance experiences that they would otherwise not have access to.


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Author Biography

Renee Crawford, Monash University

Dr Renée Crawford is a music educator who has published widely both nationally and internationally in her field. She is currently a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University and a Research and Evaluation Consultant for organisations such as the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Her previous position as the Research & Learning Senior Coordinated for a social enterprise educational organisation saw her manage high profile national research projects in collaboration with The University of Melbourne, Victoria University, Australian Council of Education Research and research consultancy Educational Transformations. The significance and nature of the impacts and outcomes of these recent research projects has influenced governmental education, immigration and Arts and culture policy. Her musical interests are in composition, film music, minimalism, the analysis of contemporary Australian music and the use of digital technology in music. As an advocate for the use of technology in education in an appropriate and contemporary way, her PhD research completed at Monash University was based on the philosophy of authentic learning and technology in music teaching and learning practices.




How to Cite

Crawford, R. (2013). Evolving technologies require educational policy change: Music education for the 21st century. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 29(5). https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.268