(1) An instrumentalist perspective: Some teachers/conductors view computer technology solely as a value-neutral tool. From this view, some of the technological aspects of today's presentation may assist conductors to become more efficient in their accustomed ways of teaching and rehearsing.
Pro: Efficiency. New and varied assessment opportunities. Interface with computer literacy skills.
Con: Staying in the same place more efficiently.
(2) A transformational perspective: Some teachers/conductors, on the other hand, are beginning to learn that, in one sense, web-based learning is not entirely neutral. It inherently (though not necessarily) offers possibilities for potentially transforming educational/musical experiences by changing the ways conductors/teachers think and do choral music education. At the very least, enhancing choral rehearsals with web-based learning may assist in shifting the focus away from teacher/conductor-centered paradigms (where "one size fits all") toward more student/singer-centered models (where learning is more individualized, contextual, critical).
Pro: Relating choral music learning/teaching to multiple modalities, critical thinking skills, individualized/independent learning, project-method inquiry, enhanced collaborative/cooperative opportunities, the priesthood of all believers (in Christian church choir contexts).
Con: Doesn't a musical ensemble necessarily require the one size fits all conditioning supplied by a conductor? Who's in charge?
What might be the musical outcomes?
"Constructivism" may be a potentially informative way for exploring the transformational perspective:
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Whether one adopts an instrumentalist or transformational perspective, the use of technology can impact the culture of chorus to some degree.