Making it Easier to be Musical in Scratch

One of our summer research projects has focused on the refinement of audio, sound and music blocks and strategies for Scratch 2.0, the visual programming environment for kids developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. Out of the box, Scratch provides some basic sound and audio … Continue Reading →

Qualitative studies investigating student use of music technologies through 2006

Through qualitative case study methodology, Ladanyi (1995) investigated and reported the compositional strategies of four high school students who used digital music equipment. She sought to better understand the participants’ compositional processes as well as the musical relationships between the participants and their music. Each case study included the participants’ previous musical history, motivation, descriptions … Continue Reading →

Studies of compositional/creative process mediated by computer technology

Early Studies One of the first studies that investigated compositional process with computers was conducted by Bamberger in 1977. In this experimental study, she observed college age students creating melodies using a computer that displayed and played back synthesized “tune blocks.” These blocks consisted of researcher-created melodic fragments that the subject could organize into … Continue Reading →

Shift toward musical compositional process research

During the mid-1990s a shift in research and classroom use from drill and practice CAI software toward the use of computer- and synthesizer-based music technologies such as MIDI sequencing and notation software for composing experiences began to occur, in part due to the decreasing costs and increasing power of personal computers for music production … Continue Reading →