A Historical Study (2007-2015) on the Adoption of Online Music Courses in the United States
Source TitleInternational Journal on Innovations in Online Education
University of Melbourne Author/sJohnson, Carol
AffiliationMelbourne Conservatorium of Music
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsJohnson, C. (2021). A Historical Study (2007-2015) on the Adoption of Online Music Courses in the United States. International Journal on Innovations in Online Education, 5 (1), pp.1-18. https://doi.org/10.1615/IntJInnovOnlineEdu.2021037316.
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As we look to forecasting for the future of music education, understanding what has happened historically provides bearing for where we can go, and can elucidate essential elements required to support achievement of these goals. Prior to COVID-19, music programs were shifting away from the traditional music pedagogy of face-to-face teaching to embrace the online learning environment and offer online music courses. However, the extent and magnitude to which online music teaching had taken place in the United States at the bachelor level had yet been identified across years. Using historical research, this study explored 343 of the 657 National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) institutions in the United States. Findings indicate that online semester-length music courses have been offered at an exponential rate of increase since 2012. As of 2016, 40% of NASM schools were found to provide online music course offerings in their department. These results have substantial implications for music staff and faculty professional development, and undergirds the importance of developing frameworks and strategies for teaching music online.
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