Recordable sound cards have become a major focus in schools as students, teachers and parents alike try to stay on top of the latest music trends.
According to the Recording Industry Association of India (RII), more than 20,000 schools are in the process of setting up recordable cards, which will record music on a time-card format.
With the number of schools and colleges that have such cards now on the rise, the number is expected to double within a decade.
But the issue is not all about technology.
The RII also said that there is a need for recording the sound of the music, which can help teachers, teachers’ assistants and parents learn more about their children.
As per the data available from the Indian National Council of Music Teachers (INMCOT), there are more than 13,000 school recording time cards.
The Indian Music Teachers Association (IMTA) said that it would like to see the country go digital with recordable school time cards to give students an opportunity to learn about music through recording.
According to INMCOT, recordable time cards were introduced in 2011 and are currently in use in more than 15,000 government schools.
The format was launched in the states of Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in 2014.
The recording is done on the parents’ laptop and is stored on the card’s hard drive.
The sound is stored in a folder on the child’s PC.
In case of parental objections, the parent can also ask the school to switch off the sound from the card or the parents can turn it off themselves.
“In the next five years, we hope that more than 30,000 records will be available,” said M. K. Dixit, chairman, ISRO, who is also the director, ISCTC.
The number of recordable schools in India has grown rapidly, with the government setting up nearly 200 recordable record-keeping centres in 2017.
For students who are currently enrolled in higher education, this means that they can start learning from a new perspective as they get to hear music from their own ears.
The most famous school to set up a recording time card is the famous Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), which has been recording music since 1947.
The NIMS is also in charge of recording all music on the school’s school time card for the past seven years.
“Our aim is to give every child the opportunity to be exposed to music, through the medium of music education.
And in doing so, we have to ensure that every child is given the opportunity of being exposed to a wide variety of music.
We have a number of students enrolled in our school timecards and they are now able to record music of all kinds,” said Ashok Kulkarni, vice-chancellor, NIMSC.
The NIMSS school timecard has more than 7,000 songs on it and it has been used for music education for the last seven years, said Maitrey.
“We are also learning from the music of different languages, as well as languages that are not spoken in the country.
It is a chance for students to listen to music from a variety of different cultures and languages.
They will learn the culture and music of their parents, who are also studying in the same institute,” he added.
The new school recorders have also been used in schools across the country to record children’s singing and music from the time they started their education.
However, many of these school recordable card programmes have been implemented only in certain schools.
In 2017, there were 2,000 recorded time cards in schools, with about 5,000 of these being for students who had graduated.
The rest were recorded for students from a few specialised institutes, according to Dixits.
In many schools, students are taught by their teachers and teachers have to be trained on the recording process.
However the process is not as easy as it seems.
For instance, there is no certification that an educational institution can give to its teachers on the time card format, said a teacher who asked not to be identified.
According the teacher, teachers do not need to know the format of the card, and they have not even been trained on it.
This means that teachers have been asked to record songs for a week, before they are handed to their students.
In some schools, teachers are also not trained on recording at all, and are required to record only the sound.
According the RII, recording schools in the last two years have recorded more than 1.5 crore songs.
“There are so many records that we cannot keep track of them all.
The teachers have also not been trained.
We are hoping that our students are also trained on how to use the recording timecard, so that they have the capability to use them,” said Kulkars.
The schools are also looking to the recording of all the music in the school library