Millions of students worldwide take weekly music lessons. But many children quit lessons after a few years. Why? How can they be encouraged to keep playing? Can digital tools help? These are some of the central questions that drive the research guiding the ongoing development of CADENZA™. We've asked students, teachers, and parents all across Canada and other English-speaking countries questions like these, and findings from that research have resulted in the development of CADENZA™.
CADENZA™ is a digital tool created to support music learning in studios, ensembles, and classrooms. Our development team includes teachers, students, parents, researchers, designers and programmers from across Canada.
Funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Grants program was used to develop CADENZA™ and to conduct research on the effectiveness of Cadenza in music teaching. Research findings were shared with the academic community, musicians and teachers, and the general public (learn more). The development was also supported by a Leadership Opportunity Grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
The funding period was from 2011 to 2018. All of the tools in the Music Tool Suite were developed through a partnership between Queen’s University, Concordia University, and The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM until February 2017). Two new partners joined the team in 2017: The Curious Piano Teachers (UK) and the Canadian Coalition for Music Education.
At the end of the funding period, the project morphed into a social innovation entrepreneurship through an initiative known as the CADENZA™ Community Project, guided by the Office of Partnerships and Innovation at Queen’s University. The CADENZA™ Community Project supports the development, enhancement, and marketing of CADENZA™. The CADENZA™ Community Project also offers pedagogical support to teachers and maintains an active social media group to enable students and teachers to support one another. Learn more about how CADENZA™ was developed and about the research supporting the tool at www.musictoolsuite.ca