Hugh Robjohns wrote:James Perrett wrote:The big problem with many music technology courses is that the lecturers have learned most of the subject by reading about it.
It's worse than that! Many courses seem to run with lecturers who came from the previous year's graduates!
I think that goes for many other courses too. I too, for my sins was once a uni lecturer (easy money!) My subject was coding, but at least can claim to having some considerable industry knowledge before going into education (because I was asked to) and on some courses I really felt sorry for the students, because they were being taught by some lecturers that were literally one week ahead of the students in the course book.
It was sometimes the case that Arts&Humanities people, in fear of losing their jobs because of the glut of A&H lecturers cross-trained to get into a shortage area, and goodness me some of them were woeful, and the more astute students knew it, because when they asked any 'off piste' questions - "But what if" the stock in trade response was of course "Google it"
By the way, this is not a dig at A&H people, I have known some A&H people who made excellent programmers, but, they did some serious study and practice to become adequately skilled.
A friend of mine went to one of the music 'Institutes' and found many of the lecturers spent most the time dissing one software in favour of another, seemed quite ossified in their approach and unable to adapt to other platforms, whereas I would have thought the proper way to pass on knowledge and skills is to be non-partisan, and then allow the students make their choices. To a great extent, music is abstract knowledge anyway, if you know the whys and wherefores, you map that knowledge across to whatever software is your chosen platform.