[sdiy] LUMI keys

Quincas Moreira quincas at gmail.com
Thu Jun 20 00:58:55 CEST 2019

I can imagine an ear training program, where you hear a note and have to play it back. If you miss, it lights red, if you are correct it lights blue....

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> On Jun 19, 2019, at 1:49 PM, Nathan Trites <nathan at idmclassics.net> wrote:
> Don is spot on about teachers having a number of methods at their disposal and using them when appropriate, and the issue of engineers _thinking_ their gizmo will help people has been proven over and over, but I think this also ignores the proper application of assistive technologies - which the keyboard is. 
> A light up keyboard on it's own is a novelty, and following keys to a song 1:1 probably isn't even a good way to build muscle memory, but there are definitely a ton of techniques where these tools could be used to actually reinforce learning. How about showing a blue G on the screen, light up a G key in blue a second later, eventually you might learn what the key is and can beat the timer. The next level might replace the blue G with the sound of a G note. The effectiveness of the hardware depends on how it's used in education, and it may not be appropriate for all learners. There's a good deal of neuroscience research on these topics. Kid's learning the "notes" to guitar hero songs so they can play by memory is a shallow application of this, I'd love to see software that gamifies music education with a reward system similar to video games. 
> Also highly recommend anyone that's interested in more effective education techniques to read about the Universal Design for Learning principles/guidelines:
> https://www.kurzweiledu.com/udl-three-principles-p4.html
> http://udlguidelines.cast.org/
> Nathan
>> On Wed, Jun 19, 2019 at 1:53 PM Donald Tillman <don at till.com> wrote:
>>> On Jun 19, 2019, at 8:10 AM, Phillip Gallo <philgallo at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Don, i agree with the philosophy of your "rant" (also the bag pipes as a practical case).
>>> Isn't there a bit more, though ?
>>> The pedagogical tradition includes "play along" - student plays with the teacher.
>>> The illuminated key clavier idea would seem a close cousin to the "play along" with Mel Bay 45rpm record that came with my Kay flattop?
>>> I can play "Down in the Valley" to this day!
>> Every good teacher knows that, in the craft, you have a large number of approaches at your disposal; demonstrating for the student, critiquing their technique, explaining the theory, guiding the student to discover on their own, hitting them with a stick if they're doing it wrong, etc.  And the best teachers know when to use each approach.
>> Sometimes a "brain dump", sometimes the Socratic Method.
>> Yes, playing along with the student is an excellent teaching technique.  And play-along records are a great tool because playing with other musicians is a different set of issues than playing by yourself, especially with regards to timing.  A metronome, also, great tool.
>> But if you're building a gizmo to help teach an instrument... well, there's an enormous tendency to do exactly the wrong thing.  An engineer will often abstract the situation into "problem + technology => solution" and end up building a device that performs the very function that the student most needs to do on their own.
>> That is the case for light up note keyboards, either in 1969, or today.
>>   -- Don
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