Composing Possibilities: Open Education Resources and K-12 Music Education
While the present-day music OER landscape is yet emerging, this study revealed several end-user markets. In particular, the study found that for music specialists and classroom teachers, OER can serve as an attractive solution to meeting curriculum challenges—especially for educators in under-resourced schools. Teaching artists, faced with increasing expectations that accompany their role, and a possible lack of formal training in education, also constitute a key group of potential end-users for music OER. For teaching artists who are seeking curriculum materials or pedagogical solutions to meet their classroom needs, as well as those who may wish to document, contribute and share their expertise and teaching practices with their peers, OER have the potential to address currently unmet needs.
Overall, it was found that—while music OER have the potential to engage students in new ways of knowing and learning, and to make music education accessible to student populations that have previously lacked access—incorporating open educational resources into music teaching involves exploration into creative solutions and policies to address some of the challenges and barriers to use. The following paper further outlines these challenges and solutions, in light of both the existing music OER landscape and the potential for music OER, moving forward.