Founded in 1976, The People's Music School serves Chicago area children by giving them access to free, quality music education. They recently announced partnerships with five tech startups that will augment their classes and lessons with technology — a progressive approach to improving music education.
In an interview with Karis Hustad of the online publication, ChicagoInno, school president/artistic director Jennifer Kim Matsuzawa says, "There is so much tech that is related to music, everything from Guitar Hero to sound engineering equipment. Some of the most advanced tech is music related ... But nothing has been applied at a broad scale in a school setting."
The school is partnering with these five startups:
• Youtopia — a classroom management program designed to help teachers track behavior, academics, practice habits, and extracurricular achievements.
• Soundslice — an advanced music education program that helps students learn music through interactive sheet music (teachers can also create an account and upload their own notation/tabs).
• Cadenza — using AI, this application creates a type of 'give-and-take' conversation between a soloist and a virtual orchestra, listening to the performer, matching the tempo, and playing along with you.
• JoyTunes — a "Guitar Hero"-type tablet app which tests accuracy of piano students, making it easier for teachers to track progress of their students.
• Music Prodigy — a platform used to facilitate the creation of digital music tests (which provide instant feedback to help the students learn faster), as well as to easily monitor student performance.
Read the full article on ChicagoInno's website.