Thursday, November 18, 2010

Isaac Asimov Saw the Future of (Music) Education

Portrait by Wil Rohan

Could it be that Isaac Asimov was a prophet as well as being a biochemist, science fiction writer, and oh by the way, longtime Vice President of Mensa International?  The video below is part of an interview conducted by Bill Moyers back in 1988. 

The men talked about many subjects including overpopulation, economics, and science.  But in one particularly interesting segment Asimov began musing about the coming technological explosion of connectivity and learning. He surmised that computers would "transform education" and indeed personalize it away from the “industrial model” where everyone learns the same thing at the same time from the same model, to a more personalized experience. 

There will be a time in the future when computers will be hooked up to "enormous libraries where anyone can ask any question and be given answers, be given reference material."  He continues, "From an early age, however silly it may seem to someone else, that's what you're interested in . And you ask, and you can find out and you can follow it up. And you can do it in your own home, at your own speed, in your own direction, on your own time.  And everyone will enjoy learning." 

This idea is one of the main reasons why we created and  We knew that the internet was an ideal way to access and relay information and musical concepts were no exception.  We simply needed to package and deliver our brand of music education smartly so that people of all ages, in all locations, and at all levels of ability could gain access and start learning!

"Our brand" of music education is simply that which we have been providing here at DSM for the past 20 years. Through thousands of one on one sessions with our students, we've learned to organize and present quality music education information in plain language using no gimmicks.

Here's hoping Isaac would approve and that he is looking down and smiling!

Watch the segment below or access the entire interview at Bill Moyers Journal