Creative collaboration in the cloud

Using Splice Studio and Audiomovers to enhance online music education outcomes


  • Barry Hill Southern Cross University



music education, audiotechnology, online learning, COVID-19


This article details online education design at an Australian university undergraduate music program. The author reviews the rapid development of online learning activities relating to music performance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic enforced lockdown. The lockdown imposed serious challenges for music educators, the overarching one being how to engage students via a screen rather than in a rehearsal room. As the unit designer/assessor, the author utilized specific cloud-based audio software networking tools that are accessible to students (Audiomovers, Splice Studio) to devise learning activities that encouraged creative interactive learning. The author details the advantages and disadvantages of each learning activity. As a substitute for face-to-face interaction, online learning has substantial limitations in relation to music education. Student engagement with accessible online audio tools can enhance skills and knowledge development and interactive learning, thus maximizing student satisfaction and collaborative learning outcomes.

Author Biography

Barry Hill, Southern Cross University

Dr Barry Hill is a Senior Lecturer of Music at Southern Cross University Faculty of Business, Law and the Arts and teaches into the Southern Cross University Bachelor of Contemporary Music program. As a bass player and guitarist, Dr Hill has performed and recorded with music ensembles, theatre and dance groups and multimedia projects both in Australia and overseas. His published research specializes in the fields of popular music culture and performance practice, audio technology and musicology.


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How to Cite

Hill, B. . (2021). Creative collaboration in the cloud: Using Splice Studio and Audiomovers to enhance online music education outcomes. Perfect Beat, 21(2), 173–181.

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