Myspace is working to get its sexy back. That’s because Justin Timberlake is now basically the guy running the whole show. He and a slew of investors have put a fresh coat of paint on the relatively dormant site. Judging by the new tools and features that are coming to the new Myspace, this could be a really great tool for music teachers and students. First, let’s check out the promo video:
1) Myspace leverages Facebook & Twitter
When you first sign up, Myspace asks if you want to sign in / sync your Facebook and Twitter accounts. While this may turn some folks off, it means you don’t have to worry about Myspace trying to compete with these two mega-networks and instead can view Myspace as a useful add-on to your already crowded social media life.
2) It’s like Pinterest for music
Pinterest and it’s mosaic design is all the rage in web design. But that design has a purpose: to effectively present a visual representation of what you’re searching for. Myspace does just this but instead of pictures of crafts and beautiful homes, you get a dedicated array of music, bands, and trends in the music industry. What could be better for a music teacher or student?
3) Run a blended classroom
From the looks of things, you can integrate your Myspace to be an almost digital music classroom. As you can see in the above image, you can organize and collaborate with friends and classmates in a simple grid layout. You can establish connections, have every student establish a music playlist, upload their own music, and create their own online music personality. Myspace has certainly come a long way from the days of animated GIFs, eh?
4) Stay on top of music trends
Teachers can monitor trends in music of all genres from their dashboard. Assuming enough people start using the new Myspace, it wouldn’t surprise me to have it become a digital dashboard for composers, teachers, students, and really anyone with a love of music.
5) Get global feedback on your songs and work
As you can see, there’s a pretty snazzy interface that shows what people are saying about your songs, music, uploads, and other stuff. I could see this being a way to creatively ‘grade’ students using.
So who knows what the actual site will look like, but it’s an exciting idea at least. Check out the new design at new.myspace.com when you have a chance. Fingers crossed it’s as functional and useful as the video makes it out to be!