After a successful launch of the gloriously content rich Musical Futures App for the iPad at the end of January, this week witnessed the release of fresh versions compatible with both iPhone & iPod touch. Android compatible versions - for phones & tablets - will be coming online within the next week or so.
Regulars knowledgeable of my work will know I've been documenting Musical Futures' since 2006 and I'm proud to have witnessed the music education initiative grow from humble 'post-pilot' pathfinder studies into a truly national (over 1,500 participating schools to date) and highly influential enterprise that is now spreading its wings internationally - including Australia & Canada.
There are currently 3 issues of the free Musical Futures App and it is great to see my work utilised in such a multi-media rich environment, with my photographs focusing the eye on just about every page layout. The App is designed by smart team at Dialect, Inc based in San Francisco and they have distilled a considerable amount of information and reference into a visually appealing and super-easy to navigate mobile portal.
If you download the App, you will also have a chance to listen to audio interviews with each one of the 20 music teachers I photographed across England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland for 'We Teach Music' last autumn. Spread across the 3 issues of the App, the teachers' portraits and accompanying interviews offer a wonderfully personable insight into their motivations to teach and express their widely varied routes into teaching!
There is much uncertainty and increasing division in the UK's state education sector. This App's content illustrates a hugely positive and invigorating perspective of pedagogic skill, and it's 'crux' of learning, progressiveness and adaptive use of technology should be embraced and championed across many more teaching departments.
18 scrolling iPad screengrabs are detailed in this news post - so many more pages to look through though, so download 3 issues here and dig in...