Music Teaching Board: ‘do do’

Introducing children to written music has various positive effects – It helps them to concentrate and improves their listening abilities, memory skills, and self-discipline. Traditionally, when children learn to read music, they start by studying the basic symbols of notation from a textbook. Then later, they play a melody using music instruments to understand the correlation between tones and symbols. This learning experience is boring and complex so it’s easy for children to lose interest in music. To improve this, my teammate (Paola Rangel) and I created an interactive music teaching board called ‘do do.’ ‘do do’ helps 6 to 9-year-old children to learn the basic concepts of written music and allows them to identify musical notes, tones, and durations, and to understand the relationship among them through firsthand experience.

Year2015AffiliationSVA MFA Interaction DesignRoleConcept development, Coding, CraftingCollaboratorsPaola RangelLinkvimeo.com

Why is learning to read music so hard?
Traditionally, when children learn to read music, they start by STUDYING the basic symbols of notation from a textbook.
Then later, they play a melody using music instruments to understand the correlation between tones and symbols.
This learning experience is boring and complex so it’s easy for children to lose interest in music.
How might we make music education simpler, easier, even enjoyable?
Inspired by Montessori methodology, we developed a basic concept – an interactive music teaching board
which helps children learn music easily just by putting notes on the board and hearing corresponding sounds immediately.
Based on the concept, we created a code operating Arduino and tested different sensors to make a prototype.
Develop an intuitive form of the product
For simpler and more intuitive object, we created an all-in-one style board which is equipped with a staff and
a set of physical notes. When notes are placed over the board, it provides immediate sound feedback teaching children
pitch differences, and allowing them to playback their compositions.
Introducing ‘do do’: A fun and easy music learning experience
‘do do’ is the first interactive music teaching board that helps 6 to 9-year-old children
to learn the basic concepts of written music. This board allows children to identify musical notes, tones, and durations,
and to understand the relationship among them through firsthand experience.