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Theory and Practice of Technology-Based Music Instruction

Second Edition

Second Edition

Jay Dorfman

Publication Date - 28 January 2022

ISBN: 9780197558997

216 pages
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

In Stock

This book helps to establish a theoretical and practical foundation for how to teach students to use technology as the major means for developing their musicianship.


Technology is an increasingly popular part of music education in schools that attracts students to school music who might not otherwise be involved. In many teacher preparation programs, music technology is an afterthought that does not receive the same extensive treatment as do traditional areas of music teaching such as band, orchestra, choir, and general music. This book helps to establish a theoretical and practical foundation for how to teach students to use technology as the major means for developing their musicianship. Including discussions of lesson planning, lesson delivery, and assessment, readers will learn how to gain comfort in the music technology lab. Theory and Practice of Technology-Based Music Instruction also includes “profiles of practice” that dive into the experiences of real teachers in music technology classes, their struggles, their successes, and lessons we can learn from both. In this second edition, new profiles feature Teachers of Color who use technology extensively in their varied types of music teaching. This edition encourages readers to think about issues of inequity of social justice in music education technology and how teachers might begin to address those concerns. Also updated are sections about new standards that may guide music education technology practice, about distance and technology-enhanced learning during the global pandemic, and about ways to integrate technology in emerging contexts.

New to this Edition

  • Includes new emphasis on social justice and diversity, equality, and inclusion
  • Updated thoroughly with new information on standards
  • Features a signifcantly revised section on distance learning


  • Outlines a framework for examining technology-based music instruction
  • Offers tools for becoming a more successful technology-based music teacher
  • Provides the first comprehensive, unified theory for teaching music with technology as the major medium

About the Author(s)

Jay Dorfman is Associate Professor of Music Education at Kent State University where he teaches courses in music education technology, progressive and vernacular music education, and graduate research. He previously held a similar position at Boston University. He holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in music education from the University of Miami (FL) and the PhD in music education from Northwestern University. Dr. Dorfman's research on music education technology and popular music education has been published in several major research journals and books on these subjects.


"Jay Dorfman combines perspectives from music classrooms with an emphasis on student engagement and creativity to provide music educators with both applied ideas and useful frameworks for meaningfully designing learning experiences with technology." -- Julie Bannerman, Assistant Professor of Music Education, The University of Alabama

Table of Contents

    Introduction to the Second Edition
    1. Introducing Technology-Based Music Instruction
    2. Models of Music Pedagogy and their Influences on Technology-Based Music Instruction
    3. Theoretical Foundations
    4. Materials for Technology-Based Music Instruction
    5. Teaching Methods and Teacher Behaviors
    6. Lesson Design in Technology-Based Music Instruction
    7. Assessment and Technology-Based Music Instruction
    8. Accountability Concerns
    9. Teacher Preparation Considerations
    10. Future Considerations for Technology-Based Music Instruction

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