Inter/trans/cross/new media(ting): Navigating an emerging landscape of digital media for music education

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Tobias, E. S. (2015). Inter/trans/cross/new media(ting): Navigating an emerging landscape of digital media for music education. In C. Randles (Ed.), Music education: Navigating the future (pp. 91-121). New York, NY: Routledge.

In the chapter Inter/trans/cross/new media(ting): Navigating an emerging landscape of digital media for music education I discuss three frameworks for making sense of digital media and how musical engagement can be digitally mediated in relation to music teaching and learning. The chapter starts off with a description of convergence culture and participatory culture to situate the discussion of digital media throughout the chapter. The three frameworks include: multimedia, intermedia, and transmedia.

In the chapter I suggest that music educators contextualize such media in terms of musical engagement, teaching, and learning. In other words rather than focusing on labels themselves such as whether or not a particular technology or phenomenon is representative of multimedia or intermedia, that music educators consider what multimedia, intermedia, and transmedia mean for music education.

Here are some examples of varied types of media and related engagement I reference throughout the chapter:

Multimedia

hooktheory

You Tab,

Mike Tompkins’s multitracked video covers that provide visual “scores”

Intermedia

SuperEverything*

Iduun’s Kadambini

Transmedia

James Carter’s Feeder: A Love Story

The ASU Digital and Participatory Culture in Music Education Spring ’12’s When Is Music project

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