Interactive Multimedia Performing Arts Collaborative Technology Conference

NYU Music Experience Design Lab (MusEDLab)
NYU Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions
35 W. 4th St., New York, NY 10012 
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Thursday, August 4 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Making Music Count: Interdisciplinary and Intuitive Pathways to Understanding and Learning

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We start with the premise that contrary to the notion of “students as blank slates,” children actually begin their educational journeys with a great deal of know-how and curiosity about the world around them. Our job as teachers should be to help develop this curiosity, and build on our students’ already forming intuitions—what our students already know how to do and understand. The interactive computer music program, Impromptu, with its multiple media, multiple sensory modalities and multiple representations has served as mediator in helping students to understand and effectively use this apparently troublesome mathematics. Engaging both music and math together in an interdisciplinary fashion has the ability to heighten the children’s perceptions about the real world applicability of mathematical principles beyond the confines of textbook based problems. Rather than being an abstract idea, Impromptu makes it possible for users actually to hear the math happening.  

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Gena R. Greher

Professor, Coordinator Music Education, UMass Lowell
"Gena R. Greher is Professor of Music Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Recent projects include: ¬Making Music Count for the UNESCO/Theloniuous Monk Institute World Jazz Day 2016; PerformamatShe has co-authored a book with Jesse Heines, titled Computational Thinking... Read More →

Thursday August 4, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Conference Space - 6th Floor 35 W. 4th St., New York, NY 10012