Ashkenaz: Music Education
It’s the music!
The music is what keeps everything afloat and the dancing afoot. People from far and wide who recognize Ashkenaz as “home” are coming for its yard stompin’ roots revival, whether it be local music fans and dancers or the travelling musicians themselves. Though home is also the backbone to a family when the hard times hit, so it is home where world music can still exist. If it were not for venues like Ashkenaz that celebrate the people’s music, the symbolic art to whom the music represents would not reach to inspire the desperate souls of either folk or kin. But being a home means to those that other places are not home, by definition, so Ashkenaz must embrace its role to educate and distribute notes for a cooperative musical compilation.
Nothing screams music history like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; in fact, they are the leading pioneers for music education in the digital age, bringing in a new concept called the digital classroom. Upon clicking open the digital classroom doors it becomes apparent that teachers are encouraged to share the information, as noticeable by the infographics and explicit texts to save the pictures for lesson plans.
Users navigate through music genres and are brought into a list of monthly musicians within that genre. From there, after selecting a specific musician group, the user can play music recordings of popular songs and/or have a chance to see a music tutorial about their specific notation. Inside each musician group’s page provides a detailed bio and a lesson plan of objectives. The user interacts with these objectives in a visual-auditory combination to become more familiar and intimate with musicians for an appreciation of their uniqueness they bring.
The implications of appearing more transparent about music education affords Ashkenaz more web traffic in which internet surfers would be continually redrawn back into their website for information regarding the next month’s artist lineup, since those lineups would be organized
into music education classroom objectives. Teachers of all grade levels will be on the lookout especially, and depending on popularity Ashkenaz may even get more international recognition. In this cause for music education and online availability, Ashkenaz can pair up with other organizations worldwide to create a digital folk music classroom. Taking cue from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, these digital classrooms may involve video conferencing special events to further open the availability of folk music back to its origins in which physical distance is the only obstacle of reaching larger audiences.
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