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At a time when technology is ubiquitous throughout the world, serves as a fundamental engine now driving the worldwide music industry, and is readily assimilated by young learners wherever it is available, The Music Technology Special Interest Group (SIG) believes that it is time to establish this discipline as an integral part of ISME. It will serve not only as a gathering place for the members who share interests in this field, but also to disseminate research and knowledge to all ISME members who wish to incorporate music technology in their teaching and their students' learning. The SIG is a network of proactive leaders, practitioners, researchers, and thinkers in the fields of music and music education technology who recognise the importance of this discipline to the greater music education community. The Technology SIG will support developments of technology in music education. Furthermore, it will provide mutual support for projects in music technology.

A key component to recognising the purpose of the SIG is to understand technology. If colleagues have often felt skeptical of or intimated by the impact of the digital world on the music classroom, it may be because the focus of its practitioners has been primarily on computer-based resources and digital musical devices. This is a narrow albeit obvious area with which most of the members of this Group work. However, its domain is greater. Technology refers to a field of study (-ology) of a skill, craft or art (techne). The tools and skills that get developed are not necessarily pieces of hardware, such as cars or cell phones. They can be embedded as linguistic, mathematical, philosophical, or scientific tools and techniques. Common to all areas of human endeavour is development of tools and resources that, when employed, produce expected results under the conditions for which they have designed.

For us in music, these can vary from developing music instruments, teaching techniques, and music theory methods to computer-based hardware and software. Music technology should be understood as the study of music in relation to its tools and techniques, and by extension, the application of this study in music education to music teaching, learning, and production. Music technology is an academic field of study. In this capacity, it incorporates research and scholarship, innovation, integration of tools and resources in practice that are relevant to the field of music that we incorporate and disseminate in our work.


1. To reflect, analyze, evaluate, and discuss current practices, issues, problems, trends and possibilities related to the application and impact of technology in music and music education.

2. To find and explore novel ways to extend, enable and transform music teaching pedagogies and music learning, approaches through the application and integration of technology (including continuous professional support for music teachers)

3. To consider how technology mediates traditional musical practices/activities and contemporary educational issues such as pedagogy, culture and policies.

4. To re-define the essence of music, teaching and learning in the light of converging and emerging technologies.

5. To facilitate regional and global interactions and collaborations in research, teaching and development, software development; and thus making global interaction into a resource for local action.

6. To develop theoretical innovations and new practical approaches into good practices, including the dissemination of them.

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Mr. Matti Ruippo
Convenor of the Music Technology SIG
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