New Technology is Innovating Music Education

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C. M. Rubin, author of award winning series, The Global Search for Education, interviews Craig Swann, a digital music innovator and the founder of Looplabs, a free, collaborative, cloud-based music studio, on the future of music education.

“We are always looking for new ways to expose our students to new technology, new opportunities to explore their interests and talents, and to express their creativity. LoopLabs does just this,” comments Michael Kohlhagen, Vice President at the Center for Education Innovation.

Craig Swann, the Founder and Chief Imagination Officer of Looplabs, wants everyone to be able to create their own music.

“Because it’s a platform and not just a tool, the eco-system allows for non-musicians to participate alongside musicians, music producers, artists, music labels/publishers and the industry as a whole. You can make and share music in real time with people around the planet,” notes Craig Swann.

For 20 years, Swann’s passion has been using technology to connect people and music. In the mid-1990’s, he founded the award-winning interactive agency, CRASH!MEDIA. In 2001, Swann developed the Internet’s first online music studio, Looplabs — a free, collaborative, cloud-based music studio sometimes called ‘the Google Docs of music’ as it lets anyone, regardless of technical skills or ability, easily make, share, and discover music anywhere, anytime, and with anyone – all from their web browser.

Swann explains that the original idea for Looplabs came to him in 1992 “in a parking lot drum circle after a Grateful Dead show.” Fast forward to 2016 – Looplabs has been used by millions of people in 150 countries. It’s intuitive interface harmonically snaps more than 25,000 royalty-free sounds into the same tempo and musical key, removing the complexities of musical theory and allowing anyone with internet access to easily create their own music for their YouTube, Instagram, Vine videos or just for fun and learning.

“Allowing a teacher to set up a project and let every student interact and build off that one piece, but have them all connected, provides powerful ways to learn through doing and doing it together,” states Craig Swann.

In a recent interview with C.M. Rubin, Craig Swann discusses how Looplabs is expanding into the music education domain.

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