Start ’em Young: Digital Music Instrument for Education

Harriman, Jiffer

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

Designing and building Digital Music Instruments (DMIs) is a promising context to engage children in technology design with parallels to hands on and project based learning educational approaches. Looking at tools and approaches used in STEM education we find much in common with the tools and approaches used in the creation of DMIs as well as opportunities for future development, in particular the use of scaffolded software and hardware toolkits. Current approaches to teaching and designing DMIs within the community suggest fruitful ideas for engaging novices in authentic design activities. Hardware toolkits and programming approaches are considered to identify productive approaches to teach technology design through building DMIs.