With the onset of the technology age and the quickly expanding world of online learning and mobile apps, education and music has finally begun to catch up. Educators are constantly searching for innovative ways to engage their students in and out of the classroom.
Below are 13 music and edtech startups meeting the needs of educators and students alike in 2017 and beyond.
Coursera is a massive open online course (MOOC) provider that partners with major universities to offer online courses in many different areas of study at a fraction of the cost of traditional college work.
DonorsChoose is similar to GoFundMe, but its projects are all about education. With tax deductible donations, donors can browse the teacher/student lead projects and choose which one they want to fund.
Edmodo is a social app that connects teachers to teachers, teachers to parents, and teachers to students without the need for endless copies and emails that never get opened.
Time Machine Tours is a free iOS app that students and teachers can use to augment their field trips—the solution offers virtual trips back in time to the US’ biggest cities using archival photos and content.
Udacity is another MOOC on the list, but unlike Coursera, it caters to tech learners and IT professionals. Courses range from HTML and Python programming to machine learning and predictive analytics.
Voxy teaches English to the global business world using a format professionals will find helpful and meaningful in their line of work. Each course is customer tailored so all learning materials are highly relevant to the unique interests of the learner.
Instinct is an online virtual guitar teacher that uses video tutorials, play along songs, and feedback to help the student gauge their progress.
Learn Piano Live offers live videos at both the kid or adult level for virtual piano lessons. All lessons are archived for convenience.
Music Lifeboat helps to bring free music education to underserved communities with its free BandBlast app. Now music education is available to all—available via Google Play and the Apple Store.
neoScores has developed an app for teachers called Gustaf that virtually makes sheet music obsolete. Teachers can distribute music digitally without wasting paper; they can make edits, mark music, and even upload their own arrangements.
Pitch Play is a practice assistant for the music student. It offers daily reminders for practice and progress reports, as well as a growing catalog of new material for engaging learners.
Tonara is the creator of Wolfie—an tablet app for piano teachers that offers interactive teaching, practice, and performances. The offering is currently available for iPad devices.
Uberchord is a guitar teaching tool for musicians on the go—the app offers lessons, a tuner, and chord recognition in one streamlined interface. The offering was featured by Apple as one of the Best New Apps of 2016.
Technology, music and education are finally converging in the classroom, offering both teachers and learners the chance to expand their worlds—one click, tap or swipe at a time. Be sure to keep these 13 edtech and music startups on your radar in 2017 and beyond.