ACM - Computers in Entertainment

When children reflect on their own playing style

By Francois Pachet, Anna Rita Addessi
Theoretical and Practical Computer Applications in Entertainment, [Vol. 2, No. 1]

DOI: 10.1145/973801.973824

The Continuator project concerns the study of interactive musical systems that are able to learn musical styles. The Continuator system was developed with the primary goal of designing new musical instruments in the context of improvised music. The strong subjective impressions created with the use of the system led us to consider its use in a pedagogical context. This article describes experiments conducted with the system and 3- to 5-year-old children. We highlight several dimensions of the study pertaining to music education, including attention span, spontaneous development of playing modes, and capacity to listen analytically. We describe very encouraging preliminary results and stress the importance of using reflective interactive systems for triggering musical interest in children and creating stimulating, nonsupervised music learning environments. We conclude by setting up our research in the context of the theory of flow as an optimal experience.

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