Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

FacultyShare Presentation by Rena Upitis

Developing Tools for Music Education in the Digital Age: The Evidence-based Evolution of the Music Tool Suite

Thursday, March 3, 2016
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm​
Vernon Ready Room (A115)
Duncan McArthur Hall

Dr. Rena UpitisDr. Rena Upitis is Professor of Arts Education.


This paper describes an evidence-based approach to the development of digital tools for enhancing music education. Two universities, along with a music conservatory, partnered to create and to test iSCORE, an online portfolio designed to support self-regulated learning among music students. Several years of research on iSCORE led to the development of three additional tools: (a) DREAM, a digital repository of music resources, (b) Notemaker, an app for annotating video and audio recordings, and (c) Cadenza, an online dictation book for music learners. We describe the theoretical backbone of the tools, some of the research that has taken place to date, and the ways in which the four tools of the Music Tool Suite can be used together to support music teaching and learning. The paper closes with a discussion of the challenges of growing the user base and sustaining tools over time.​