The platform has active courses such as EducaMus Profes, offered as training, and EducaMus Students, aimed at students of Pedagogy careers.
Currently, music education is included as a mandatory curricular discipline in Chile's primary school system. She is assigned up to two weekly pedagogical hours a week. Of the teachers who teach it, only the 2,25% have a musical education (Ministry of Education of Chile (2015) .The rest have the obligation to teach the subject, but they lack the didactic and musical competences necessary to do it. during his initial training period.
Despite this obvious need, several studies show that the majority of Chilean universities do not take into account a basic musical education in the curricula of pedagogical careers. On the other hand, full-time teachers devote more than 40 weekly hours to their work, making it very difficult to attend on-site continuing education courses. Continuing education centers (CPEIP) do not offer musical training courses and there is not too much private offer of this type of courses. As if that were not enough, the supporters of the educational centers do not generally have a proactive attitude towards the continuous training of their teachers, not recognizing the hours of training in their working hours. Finally, in the new teaching career, the updating needs of the teaching staff are additional obligations for them and directly affect their performance.
In order to collaborate in the improvement of this training, EducaMus has been designed, an online platform hosted on the Digital Campus of the University of La Serena and designed to host massive courses online. These courses are dedicated to initial and continuing education of the teaching staff of our country, as much of Ed. General Basic as of Ed. Parvularia. Specifically, the active courses within the platform are EducaMus Profes (offered as a training course) and EducaMus Students (offered for students of the Pedagogy careers). The advantage of these courses is that the user sings using the computer microphone and the software evaluates their intonation. Also, the user perches rhythms using computer keys, taking charge of the program associated with the course of evaluating their rhythmic accuracy.
The EducaMus courses have been carried out in the framework of the project "Digital Platforms for Artistic Education", funded by Conicyt through the Advanced Human Capital Attraction Program. The director of the same is Dr. Mario Arenas, Dept. of Music of the ULS, and the guest researcher is Dr. Jesús Tejada, from the University of Valencia.