Easy Computer Music Programming with Scratch

This presentation was given at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Winter Conference on December 5, 2015. These slides, along with examples of student work, were presented to an audience of public and private music teachers from around New York State. The presentation walked the attendees through basic operation of Scratch, including how to create a working drumset and keyboard. I also demonstrated the use of a MakeyMakey in collaboration with Scratch to expand on the concepts covered. The session included examples of student work created with Scratch in my 6th grade general music class.

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  3. I teach at a school for the blind and visually impaired. In addition to using embossed paper and graphite, is it possible to use different durable textures to play different pitches? Is it possible to hook up an abicus (wood frame with beads for math) to produce pitches?

  4. Hi Josh,
    Could you please summarize what you will cover in your upcoming NYSSMA session August 11th, 1:00 “Apple Classroom”?

    If it does not include Skoog/Swift, what resources would you recommend?

    Thank you in advance for your help.

    Eric Nilsson

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