You do not need perfect pitch or innate talent to appreciate the complex beauty of music. Unlike other art forms, the fundamental elements of music provide a unique parallel with the study of computers and programming. To learn how music is constructed is a launching pad for understanding how software is engineered.
Creating music involves using smaller units, notes, to create longer melodies, then, using those melodies to form songs, making music production a form of computational thinking that challenges the mind to problem solve both quantitative and qualitatively.
Studying the relationship musical production has with computing is an engaging, hands-on way to introduce children and adults alike to computational thinking skills that are critical to understanding problem-solving and technology. Music is a grounded topic we each have experience with, however, when broken down, we see how it can help us adapt our knowledge to the themes of technology and computing in ways we never before fathomed.
Research in music’s construction and ability to connect each of us is only growing. At MIT, in 2004, work had begun into asking the question: “Can music shape our minds?“ While, this was an early approach to music’s impact on childhood cognition; the researchers would not have been able to open a door on this work without first understanding the computational elements that make music a buildable, engineered experience that the computing power of our brain interfaces with.
If your child already has a love to dance, sing, or play an instrument, or class Electronic Music Movie Production class for Fall is the perfect fit for them. This class will not only speak to their interests, it will open doors into effectively grasping the relation between music and computing. Furthermore, this class will give them the confidence to create, explore, and apply their knowledge in dynamic ways. These are skills that will likely stay with them for life regardless of the career path they choose.