- Written by Chad Criswell
One of the many facets of the new national music education standards emphasizes the importance of providing music creation opportunities in our classrooms. At the same time making the jump from being a consumer of music to actually creating it can be a scary one even for experienced musicians. This perceived barrier to becoming a composer continues to be made less of an issue thanks to innovative new technology tools and the equally innovative teachers who are finding new ways to encourage friendly, collaborative music creation environments. We spoke to music teachers and technology vendors alike to find new ways to get kids composing in new collaborative ways in and out of the classroom.