When browsing an apps store, there is always a large section about education, which aims at helping people acquire new knowledge and skills. But is this kind of software as good as a real teacher?
The paper ‘Computers in Music Education’ explores the role of computer software in music education. One of the conclusions is that computers are well suited for certain tasks like concept presentation and knowledge testing, but are not as good in providing a “full” music education experience compared to human teachers, who can for example correct wrong techniques and give personal advise.
Computers are precise. They make no mistakes and are accurate in their analysis of data. Furthermore they offer more flexibility and (usually) a lower cost than real teachers.
But they don’t think like human beings. Human teachers know what to look/listen for and can meet the student’s individual needs. The techniques and nuances that give emotion to music can also be recognized by people, whereas for computers this is really a tough subject (though not impossible: there exist algorithms to predict the emotional response of people to a piece of music!).
We could go deeper in this comparison, but first we would like to hear from you. What do you think? To which extent can/should computers have an active teaching role in (music) education?