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Design and prototyping of a piano visualizer that augments digital music lessons with visual feedback

Rooij, T. de (2022) Design and prototyping of a piano visualizer that augments digital music lessons with visual feedback.

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Abstract:Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all education was moved to online alternatives for multiple months. During this time, teachers and students involved in music education found that the available online platforms were not satisfactory for musicians’ needs. These platforms gave rise to a long list of problems related to lacking social interaction, lacking user-friendliness for low digital literacy users or lacking features tailored to musicians. For this reason, the company Briegel has been developing an online music school platform commissioned by Kaliber Kunstenschool, a music school located in Enschede. This bachelor thesis describes a Creative Technology approach of designing a concept to aid the quality of online music education for individual instrumental lessons. In this thesis a concept is formed, prototypes are built and thereafter these are tested. This concept aims to solve some of the problems found in existing platforms. The final prototype is a tool that consists of two parts. The first part is a visualisation meant to visualise the instrument played by the teacher. The second part is a sheet music function, where users can write a piece of music score onscreen. This prototype is built within the environment of Briegel’s online music school and was qualitatively tested with piano teachers and students. To conclude, the developed tool aids in the quality of online music education, regardless of digital literacy. The tool needs to be developed further and needs to be tested with larger sample sizes to further confirm its validity. Next to this, there needs to be further research into visualising how an instrument is played. Future work directions could include looking into a similar concept for instruments outside the piano or developing a platform suited for music education without the presence of a teacher.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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