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The Summit: transforming music education


Are you a teacher, artist or researcher working in music education?

Don’t miss out on the chance to take part in the Sonic Pi: Live & Coding summit.

Discover how a Rasperry Pi computer can be transformed into a fully customisable musical instrument and find out how it could influence the future of music education both in and out of the classroom.

During 2014, artists, educators, researchers and technologists have been collaborating on a research and development project using the Sonic Pi computer program, developed by Dr Sam Aaron, to give children and young people the chance to write their own code to create digital music. The simplicity of the code and the nature of live coding makes it ideal for improvisation, live performance and collaboration. The low cost of the Raspberry Pi (around £25) also makes it affordable and accessible. Initially designed to address the new computing curriculum, Sonic Pi has seen significant musical enhancements which transform it into a musical instrument in its own right.

Following trials with Key Stage 3 pupils in two schools, a Cambridge Junction summer school for 10-14 year olds plus some test lessons in both primary schools and  with pupils with special educational needs, we have a wealth of experiences, findings and ideas to share. Artists, musicians, teachers, headteachers, project managers, music hubs, bridge organisations, and technologists involved in delivery of the project will be giving access to key Sonic Pi: Live & Coding information throughout the day via a choice of panel discussions and workshops.

The project toolkit will also be launched at the event - a bank of free online resources including lesson plans, the research report, films and guidance documents - to enable Sonic Pi: Live & Coding to be rolled out across the UK. Come along and find out how you can make use of the toolkit in your area.

Who should come to Sonic Pi: Live & Coding - The Summit?

Teachers interested or specialising in music and computer science; school management; artists and musicians interested in music technology, education and live coding; music hubs and bridge organisations, arts centres and arts organisations involved with music education; researchers focusing on music education or music technology.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Sam Aaron - Creator of Sonic Pi and Researcher, University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory
  • Daniel Brine - Director, Cambridge Junction
  • Dr Pam Burnard - Principal Researcher and Reader in Education, University of Cambridge Faculty of Education
  • Lance Howarth - CEO, Raspberry Pi Foundation

Click here to see the full agenda including workshops and discussions panels.

Tickets £45 including refreshments, lunch and £1 booking fee.

Event Details
Date: Tuesday 4th November, 09:00 - 17:00
Venue: Mary Allan Building, Cambridge
Postcode: CB2 8PH
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