We are pleased to announce that Carola Boehm is the first of two keynotes at MPEC 2020.

Carola is a Professor at Staffordshire University and her research backgound has revolved around interdiscipliary aspects within the arts, but a large focus of this has been on Music Production Education. Just one of her important papers entitled The Discipline That Never Was in 2008 in the first ever Journal of Music Technology & Education laid a little historial foundation to the changing scene within our field. This was updated by Carola for the recent special edition of JMTE.

Carola’s talk will be:

Music Technology Education in University 3.0

In our HE and FE institutions, many of us have become in-betweeners, interconnectors, third culture practitioners.  We now live, breathe and work between music and technology, between practice and theory, between research, enterprise and innovation. And how we support our emerging creative professionals within these learning environments has shifted substantially over the last 20 years.

As the subject disciplines around music and media expanded, creative scholars transformed themselves from being owners of knowledge to curators of know-how situated within an expanding and increasingly fragmented set of multi- and interdisciplinary knowledge fields. And once our knowledge society really took off, with its open platforms, its digital connectivity and its mass distribution without mediators, then creative practitioners started to really understand the power of constantly shifting and renegotiating roles between producing and consuming content. Welcome to Culture 3.0.

But I would content that in our UK music industry – as evident from our current government Creative Industry Strategy – we are still a little bit hung up on Culture 2.0 and this is holding us back. In order to move beyond a status quo that  – through gate-keeping functions – still keeps us from sharing more effectively our collective creative wealth – we need a new educational paradigm, which I have called University 3.0. And this new paradigm is set to unlock the potential of Culture 3.0, including an increase in cultural participation, a decrease of gate-keeping, more support of a rich diversity, a much more immersive experience of living creatively and above all, the unlocking of an even larger economic and social value than we experience now.

Welcome to the future of Music Technology Education in University 3.0.

 

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