Lord Black of Brentwood, Chairman of the Royal College of Music and a Conservative Peer, argued powerfully for the benefits of digital technology in supporting and enhancing music education in a parliamentary debate in London on 17 January.
The ‘take-note debate’ discussed the relationship between the use of digital technology and the health and well-being of children and young people. Drawing on his experience in the music education sector, Lord Black emphasised that digital technology is a key means of assisting music learning and performance in the classroom. He made specific mention of the Tido Music app as one of ‘a growing number of digital services and websites being developed to deliver this essential support’.
Highlighting ways in which digital technology facilitates wider access to music in schools before outlining the transferable skills that this greater accessibility affords, Lord Black said:
‘Digital music technology, safely and intelligently deployed, enables all children to learn the vital skills of collaboration, public performance, practise discipline, self-direction and the development of an independent creative voice.’
Tido supports learning and teaching by providing access to an extensive library of piano and vocal scores alongside professional audio recordings.
Kathryn Knight, CEO of Tido, said:
‘We are thrilled to have been cited by Lord Black as a leading digital service providing support and access to music education. With increasing pressures on schools and music teachers nationwide, there has never been a more crucial time to develop products that assist music learning and encourage young students to continue their musical studies. Evidence abounds for the advantages of music education for children’s wellbeing, creativity and cognitive ability. Tido is proud to contribute to this through our digital service.’
Header photo: Lord Black of Brentwood