The CSL Music team si partner in a new EU funded project named PRAISE; which stands for Practice and peRformance Analysis Inspiring Social Education.
The PRAISE vision is based on the recent explosion of social media sites, which is creating an unprecedented opportunity to build radically new types of learning environments, which use all the capabilities of social media but augmented with learning agents that can foster collaborative learning by doing.
Music is a potentially very attractive domain to test this idea. There is an enormous need for education in music but personal music tuition has become unaffordable or impossible due to the large increase in demand. Very recently, social music media sites have sprung up, some attracting close to a million amateurs and professional musicians. Users share what they are doing within a community of trusted peers, give comments, create pieces together, and establish commercial and social relations. PRAISE proposes to go beyond what is currently available by building learning agents to act as guardians and tutors in a community of music practice who constantly monitor the student providing ongoing personalised praise and feedback. The realisation of this vision requires breakthroughs at two levels: pedagogical and technological.
In the framework of PRAISE, the CSL team will focus on new pedagogical principles that can work in these novel environments, such as personalised reflexive feedback, and targeting the acquisition of cognitively challenging skills for Jazz and popular music both with children and advanced learners.