The Future of Music - Kids, Apps, and Mobile Devices
Posted on 23 January 2018
Like in years past, we've been blessed to be able to continue to give back to the next generation of music creators. Our belief is that we'd be so much further along in what we love if there were people, companies, organizations and more that were devoted to inspiring us musically and with technology in our youth. With that in mind, we feel it's our duty to do what we can in this regard--always.
You've maybe seen our partnership with Haydock Academy of Arts & Sciences out in Oxnard, CA via our post, "Inspiring the Next Generation of Music Creatives." We had a chance to really see how the incredible Ableton Push initiative combined with the power of Live can really open up young minds to the vast world of music technology. We were fortunate enough to donate some of our Soulful Stems 3 vinyl to further push the initiative.
So, when our first app Lo-Fly Dirt dropped, we immediately reached out to set the kids up with the app and to see their response. Our guy Miccheckmate is spearheading so much of the great work at the academy and was able to capture the kids with their iPads, learning about apps such as Lo-Fly Dirt, talking musical genres, imagining what new instruments could be created in the future, and much more. Here's a glimpse below:
Our hope is that while more school systems, districts, educational institutions across the nation continue to experience reduced budgets in the arts, more entities would begin to reach out and do what they can to spark these young minds. A 2017 article by The Hill states that,
"Findings indicate that arts students are highly active within school communities, are less likely to engage in delinquent behaviors or participate in drug use. The Arts Education Partnership also associates arts programs with boosts in literacy and math achievement citing studies that suggest increased years of enrollment in arts courses are positively correlated with higher SAT verbal and math scores. "
Now we're not bringing this up to perpetuate that a student's involvement in the arts is a first class trip to a college degree, but we are saying that there are numerous benefits to the arts at an early age. Think about what new devices for music making we'll see in the next 20 years. What new apps? Virtual & Augmented realities for music making. These young minds need to see the possibilities for what they are now--in order to find out what should be next.
Here at MSXII Sound Design, we will continue to support those educational systems and after school programs in absolutely anyway possible. If you have any ideas, thoughts, or would like to partner with us with your students, please do not hesitate to reach out.
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