The future classrooms will be geared towards making the delivery of education more accessible and flexible. The classroom with information delivered through a lecture is no longer considered the unique centre of learning. To keep students engaged and promote a personalised approach to learning, the usage of digital materials in teaching and providing new forms assessments has picked up steam. When it comes to music education, almost 75 percent of the kids quit music studies within the first five years due to the use of traditional teaching methods that bore kids with dry theory training and lack individualised attention to each student’s progress. Moreover, since last spring’s school closures caused by COVID 19, the need for digital solutions in teaching has increased significantly.
Jón Gunnar Thordarson, CEO
Amidst the changing education paradigm, companies that specialise in digital solutions are thriving. One such company, Mussila has introduced an award-winning app with hours of musical lessons, challenges, and games, carefully crafted by musical experts and educators, and designed to provide a playful experience. There is an acute need for basic music education for classrooms that deliver high quality and individualised teaching in a fun and motivating way. In keeping with the need, the Mussila solution overcomes traditional and non-theory “learning by doing” methods by including music theory content from an early age while tackling the lack of motivation to apply the gaming method to theory teaching. “Mussila makes music education more accessible and attractive to everyone. Our solution has been translated into 32 languages. It is a perfect supplementary material for teachers to use in and out of the classroom, and great for parents whose kids are homeschooled. It fits any curriculum and can be used online and offline, so it is available anytime, anywhere,” says Jón Gunnar Thordarson, CEO, Mussila.
With Mussila, kids can choose between four learning paths—Lean, Play, Create and Practice—all in one app. The app teaches them the basics of music in the learning path; in “play”, students put what they learn into practice by playing famous songs on the piano, and in “create”, they can use their knowledge and start to create their own piece of music. By providing alternative music education tools, Mussila is bridging the gap between learning and the joy of playing. For Mussila, the goal is to inspire and motivate the children towards a musical journey of their own.
Our solution has been translated into 32 languages. It is a perfect supplementary material for teachers to use in and out of the classroom, and great for parents whose kids are homeschooled
The solution comes with built-in keyboard, which means that it removes the barrier of families that don’t have an instrument. It also offers a Tone Recognition feature, so the user can either use the built-in keyboard or use an acoustic piano, without a cable. The solution will listen to students play and give instant feedback if they hit the right note or not. “We have implemented multiple accounts into our solutions to offer schools the possibility to use Mussila in their teaching, regardless of the class size. Today, schools from all over the world can use our solution, and the fact that our methodology fits any curriculum brings us endless possibilities,” reveals Thordarson.
Mussila is kids friendly, methodology focused, and centred on game-based learning. The app is ads free, gender neutral, and also sends regular parental reports, so that parents and teachers can follow up their child’s process. Mussila’s tool success has been proven in several pilot tests in Estonia and Iceland, where 120 children learning with Mussila improved content retention by 20.2 percent over the classmates learning the same content without it. Notably, Mussila can be used in teaching music to autistic children.
With such unique and interesting capabilities, Mussila has bagged several awards, such as Nordic EdTech Awards 2019, Academics Choice Award 2020, and the Parents Choice Award 2019. In February 2020 the Educational Alliance of Finland certified Mussila as a quality learning solution that aligns with learning science principles. “All these awards and recognition by professionals in the field give us the confidence to move on and believe in revolutionising how music education is taught and learned,” says the CEO proudly. Today Mussila is a strong team of individuals situated in Iceland and Croatia, including experts in music, technology, data science, and business. Together, the team is focused on bringing their knowledge and way of teaching music to the global market.