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The ALMS Project - Mobile Technology for the Instruction of Music Technology

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This paper details the design and development of new resources for the instruction of Music Technology to tertiary music students, largely made possible by recent developments in mobile technologies. It focuses primarily on interactive and media-rich content delivered in a mobile application, Audio Literacy for Music Students (free for iOS and Android OS) augmented with two other media as interactive teaching materials. In addition to the introduction of these resources, the paper details common pedagogical difficulties instructors face when teaching technology to music majors, and how these issues inform the pedagogical design of the teaching media. Design flaws in a previous desktop application conveying the same content are discussed with an emphasis of design elements critical to its pedagogical effectiveness. It is hoped that details of these successful and unsuccessful attempts to convey audio concepts may be useful in developing future interactive teaching resources.

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