Hyperscore: Traditional or Inverted Pedagogy?

Cecilia Roudabush, Director of Education

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Traditional or Inverted Pedagogy?

My Grandfather’s Clock was written at our Second Saturday Composition Workshop in May, 2023 using the “Create, Listen, React” cycle of composing with the Hyperscore graphic interface. One participant from Boston suggested much of the melodic, rhythmic and harmonic material. When he heard the result, he reminisced fondly about a folk song of the same name. The lyrics created a feeling of nostalgia for the passage of time for a loved one. We were thrilled with the final result. We hope you enjoy this introduction to Hyperscore!

Hyperscore exports to programs like Garage Band or Finale in order to print the piece in standard notation. The goal is to play what was created. Scroll to the bottom of this document to see an example of Hyperscore followed by the piece printed in standard notation.

The Development of Hyperscore:

Hyperscore was created in the MIT Media: Opera of the Future Lab by doctoral students Mary Farbood and Egon Pasztor under the guidance of professor and composer Tod Machover. Drs. Farbood and Pasztor were combining research on computer-assisted composition of counterpoint and visual interfaces with the goal of allowing young children to compose music. Hyperscore was developed into a composition software in 2012, then updated for the web by Dr. Peter Torpey, who also received his doctorate at MIT Media Lab after using Hyperscore as a graduate student. The web-based application was released in 2022 through New Harmony Line with Dr. Torpey as the Chief Technology Officer and Executive Director June Kinoshita as our visionary and voice, sharing Hyperscore with the world. Our organization’s mission is to allow anyone of any age or ability, with access to the internet and a device, to tell their story through composing music.

As part of Hyperscore’s development, Dr. Kevin Jennings, an MIT doctoral student at the time, created the blue line that runs across the center of the sketch window. The Harmony Line, as he called it, creates areas of tension (green), release (blue) and drama (yellow) using principles of music theory embedded in the programming. During a 2022 Zoom meeting showing Dr. Jennings the updated web-based version, he shared a philosophical methodology with us that we have completely embraced called Inverted Pedagogy.

Hyperscore methodologies:


Teach an Elements of Music concept then show the students the Google Slideshows provided for Hyperscore tool training and then have them work individually, as partners or in small groups of no more than 3, if possible. Their task is to demonstrate understanding of the concept by creating music with that tool [Teaching the Elements of Music]. Modified materials are provided in all tasks for students with varied learning styles. For example, choosing between high and low with eye gaze or yes/no strategies is effective, if the student has enough time provided to make choices.

Each time you present a new concept, all students return to the same composition and add the new component until they have a completed piece. This method is an excellent way to check off their demonstration of understanding the elements of music. A good place to introduce the workspace themes, a unique feature of Hyperscore, is after they have created one rhythm and one melody which “unlocks” the wonderful reward of choosing a theme and note shape!

Fulfilling the National Core Arts Standards

The goal for the composing unit, other than to fulfill many of the National Core Arts Standards, would be to have a portfolio of work that shows progress from Kindergarten to the last year of general music. Naming the piece is important for ownership–if they’ve begun with a prompt the name might be suggested by that prompt or the action demonstrated. However, there is nothing wrong with “Untitled” or their nickname as the title.

Hyperscore can be taught as a short yearly unit in elementary and a unit or elective class offering in secondary schools. Student pieces may be shared in concert form, as a carousel activity in the classroom and/or shared through the online classroom to parents and families and then placed in their Hyperscore portfolio. The student can choose to have their piece shared in the Hyperscore Community. The greatest achievement for the student composer would be to have their piece played by actual instruments (see printed notation at the bottom of this page)! This author has taught Hyperscore Pre-K-12th grade with students of all ability levels, enjoying great success for more than 18 years.


Dr. Jennings challenged us in 2022 to think differently about how we ask students to create–to flip the methodology from “sage on the stage, to guide on the side” (Allison King, 1993). Inverting the pedagogy means allowing student composers to create purposefully first, then discussing/expanding on the musical rudiments present in their creative work afterwards. The emphasis on knowing theory in order to compose is reversed–create then learn about what you composed so that the concepts have greater meaning.

Inverted Pedagogy gives access to music making for anyone who might otherwise find barriers to composing due to lack of experience or knowledge. In this methodology, one would teach the tools of Hyperscore by creating a group composition based on a prompt such as a story, artwork, or character/actions. Through this group composition, students would be exposed to the available tools and learn valuable tips such as having each of the motifs be a different color or how to delete.

After group composing, students have individual/partner work time with a prompt to kickstart their process. You become the facilitator and have the ability to check in with everyone over time. Imagine your students spread across the room composing, some on their bellies, then begging you for more time as the period ends with them showing you that their piece is saved as their exit ticket! Headphones are valuable for behavior management. However, most students will be completely absorbed in creating and will not be distracted by others. If headphones are not available, invite students to bring in their own earbuds if they have and want them.

Fulfilling the National Core Arts Standards

After the unit, present pieces as suggested in the traditional method above. The author has had the greatest success sharing class compositions by having students set up their computers on the outside of the room and rotating around, listening to each piece (carousel). Make sure there is a prior discussion about what kind of comments would support their personal creations and the works of their peers.

The Hyperscore Community is another option as well. If students move their pieces into a personal profile, they can continue to work on their pieces and compose more or remix the work of others that have given permission to do so. The end goal, again, would be to have a portfolio showing the student’s growth over their school years in understanding how to manipulate the concepts of music in order to tell their story AND to become someone who sees themselves as musical!

Take a Look, by Peter Torpey, first in Hyperscore notation and then in standard notation:

"Take a Look" printed in standard notation

"Take a Look" page 2

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Hyperscore music curriculum now on MusicFirst

We are pleased to announce that in collaboration with our friends at MusicFirst, our Director of Education Cece Roudabush has designed and published a curriculum for teaching music concepts and composition in Hyperscore. There are three curricula available for varying levels of experience, appropriate for 4th graders and up.

This curriculum is available in the MusicFirst Classroom resources for teachers. If you are a teacher and already have a MusicFirst Classroom account, you can log in at the designated link for your organization. If you do not yet have a MusicFirst Classroom account, your organization or school must first register with MusicFirst. Then, your administrator will be able to send you an invitation code to register for an account.

Once you are signed in to MusicFirst Classroom, you will be able to access the “Composing Music with Hyperscore” curriculum module via your dashboard:

  • From your dashboard, select the “Content” drop-down menu from the top menu bar, then click on “MusicFirst Library”:
  • Next, select the “General Music” category:
  • You will see a wide variety of courses and curricula that you can browse through. To find the Hyperscore curricula, you can filter by the “hyperscore” keyword in the search bar. You’ll see three curricula that are separated by students’ experience with music into “intro”, “intermediate”, and “advanced”. The intro level may typically be more appropriate for 4th graders, while the intermediate level and advanced level may be more appropriate for 5th and 6th graders, respectively. The higher levels delve into more sophisticated musical form and software features, while the intro level uses simpler language. For all three levels, though, no prior training in musical theory is required. Select whichever level is appropriate for the students you are instructing!

Once you select the curriculum, you will see the lessons and tasks included. You can click into each lesson page to see a detailed lesson plan that utilizes elements of the Hyperscore interface to demonstrate and teach music theory and composition principles. There are also educator resources included where you can read about the pedagogical philosophies at the foundation of Hyperscore, and decide what approach best suits your classroom.

As part of using this curriculum you will sign up your classroom for Hyperscore through MusicFirst Classroom itself, and organize your lessons and grades there. If you are using a MusicFirst Classroom trial, you will automatically have access to a trial version of Hyperscore through MusicFirst. If you do not yet have a MusicFirst Classroom account and would like to sign up for Hyperscore through MusicFirst Classroom, you can fill out the request form here.

Hyperscore has the power to inspire and enable all students to make music and explore their own creativity. We hope the resources and lesson plans we have made available on MusicFirst serve you well as you support your students in their musical journeys. Happy composing!

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DIY Workshop

If you’re interested in trying out Hyperscore to teach music composition but are not ready or able to fully commit, this article is for you. This is for the retired educator who wants to help out his daughter who is homeschooling her kids. This is for the teacher who doesn’t have it in her budget this year but is eager to find a way to engage the kids in her classroom now. This is for the nonprofit foundation that wants to run a music camp next summer. This is for the after school club seeking an exciting project….

Step one. Decide if everyone will gather around a single computer or if everyone will have their own device.

Step two. Each device / individual should sign up for the Free Trial version of Hyperscore.

Step three. Decide on the type of composing activity you want to lead. Most can be done as collaborative or individual activities. Check out our blog for ideas.

Pro tip 1: The free trial version of Hyperscore cannot save more than five compositions in the cloud, so remind participants to download and save their compositions locally on their device.

Pro tip 2: Let the participants lead the way. Your role is to encourage exploration and discussion. There’s no right or wrong way. Be the guide on their side, not the sage on the stage.

If you are using Hyperscore successfully and wish to continue, we recommend a basic, premium, or supreme subscription. These are affordable options for small groups and will allow you to:

  • Create up to 5 user profiles
  • Save more scores (compositions)
  • Use more melody and sketch windows
  • Unlock different instrument sets
  • Unlock more themes
  • Export audio and MIDI output

If you would like to use Hyperscore in larger classrooms and manage your students’ work, we recommend that you license the classroom version through MusicFirst or by contacting us.

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Best music software for classrooms

The marketplace is awash with software for music, from toy-like games to complicated digital audio workstations (DAWs) for professionals. How’s a teacher to choose? Music educator Cecilia Roudabush, a 30-year veteran of the Iowa City schools and director of education for New Harmony Line, is always on the lookout for tools that produce satisfying results in real classrooms. She reviews some popular and favorite applications.

Chrome Music Lab
“Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.”
User age: All ages
Best features
No account needed; click on any experiment for immediate use
– 14 experiments to choose from
– Shared Piano, Songmaker, Rhythm and Kandinsky all feature music making as their core purpose
– Shared Piano and Songmaker can be posted or shared
– Shared Piano can involve live collaboration with another user
– 6 of the experiments feature the ability to use your voice as part of the music making or conceptual process
– Quick connections to science, art, coding and math as well as musical concepts
– Every experiment has a question icon that loads a text description of how to use the experiment or what concept it is demonstrating
– All the tools are visual icons that most people will have used, seen as a computer user or can understand from experience (walking figure versus running figure for tempo)
– Works on any device that can load Chrome
Ease of use:
– Composing feature in Songmaker and Melody Maker is intuitive with experimentation
– Most students will explore the tools and use the ones that work easily for them
– Kaninsky requires a touch screen which is not evident
– May hold the attention of younger users for a longer time than older users; Rhythm is very fun but doesn’t expand beyond the 4 choices and is not something you can save or share
Teacher review:
There are many wonderful features to this online technology for elementary students.  Experiments like Arpeggio, Harmonics, Piano Roll, Oscillators and Strings are useful for presenting a facet of a concept. Melody Maker and Songmaker would be excellent introductory composition tools.  Shared Piano would be interesting for creating melodies that someone else could play back, but the synesthesia method used is backward from the usual “drop from the top and touch the key you need to play”. If elementary students haven’t used synesthesia videos from YouTube to learn songs on the electronic keyboard, that might not be an issue.

As 7th and 8th graders, my students were given the option of using Chrome Music Lab but most students chose not to use it as they had used it while in elementary school. The best usage of this in a one-trimester or -semester music technology class in secondary school is as a choice for free-time music making.
Pricing: Free
Icon: the Hyperscore "H" in blue, red, and green on black Hyperscore
A new way to compose music
“Lay down some notes, listen, react and evolve.  Hyperscore is an innovative web application with an intuitive graphic interface that puts creativity first and encourages active listening and purposeful composing.” 
User age: All ages. Under 13 need parent or school permission to create account.
Best features:
– Easy free account set-up. For Hyperscore Classroom, instructor sends email invitation for students to join classroom.
– Intuitive composing workspace: drop notes into the extendable rhythm and melody windows, listen, edit and continue to create melodic and rhythmic motifs;  motifs can be arranged in the harmony sketch window alone, or in combination with, other motifs
– Music is composed visually, allowing the user to manipulate note values, place pitch and arrange motifs with their eyes as well as their ears
– 1-minute video tutorials accessible to all users
– Teaching modules for elementary to secondary included in Resources for Educators
– User can customize note shapes, instrument sets, visually themed workspaces, and rainbow-themed diatonic scale
– Unique harmonizing tool in the sketch window: “general” and “classical” will adjust notes to fit harmonic principles.
– Unique Harmony Line function allows the user to add tension, release or drama to their composition
– Cloud version saves work automatically; projects can shared and remixed, and moved to a personal account once the class is complete 
Ease of use:
– Creative composing feature is very intuitive. Most students of any age or ability will be able to use the program
– Students will explore and use the tools with little support needed once they learn the basic composing process (write, listen, edit)
– Students will quickly learn their preference for monophonic or polyphonic melodies with some instruction needed for stacking musically rather than just filling the space
– Intentional composing can be achieved with storytelling or prepared composition prompts
– Scaffolded curriculum would allow students to collect their work year-to-year in a portfolio showing increasing sophistication in their compositional style
– Contact district technology department prior to creating accounts to make sure emailed account codes arrive directly in student in-boxes
– New Harmony Line’s Privacy Policy contains a prepared Parent/Guardian consent form for family/student users under the age of 13
Teacher review:
As 7th and 8th graders, my students used the original Hyperscore as a composing and arranging tool. The majority of students could compose independently with the program because of its intuitive tools. Seeing music written visually was considered to be a strength of the program.  Students were able to edit and arrange motifs, and to judge what they liked and did not like about their choices.  Students also used the dynamic, tempo, harmonic tools, tone color and copy/paste features once they were presented as options they could choose to utilize.

The upgrade to the web-based version in 2021 has allowed students from ages 3 to 18 to compose original works of music with simple instruction on using the tools.  By inverting the pedagogy and allowing students to compose before structuring the theoretical understanding of their process, students showed amazing leaps of creativity in their rhythm pattern choices, melodic shapes, use of non-traditional time signatures and harmonic combinations. Asking students to name their piece often elicited a peek into the imagery within their work.  Giving a student a storytelling or prepared compositional prompt also yields amazingly creative work.

Composing, editing and arranging are its best usage in a one-trimester or -semester music technology class. Musically motivated students would find a trimester elective in composing with Hyperscore invaluable, which may lead to some career pursuits or lifelong interaction with music. Elementary general music teachers would benefit from using the program as a K-6 portfolio of mastery of compositional techniques.
– Free Starter Plan (5 projects)
– Basic $3.99/month (5 seats and 10 projects)
– Premium $9.99/month (5 seats and 20 projects); $8.00/month with annual plan discount
– Supreme $14.99/month (unlimited); $12.00/month with annual plan discount
– MusicFirst educator license. 30-day free trial. $199/year unlimited seating for 1 year; 3-year subscription $189.05/year unlimited seating
– Hyperscore Classroom license. $199/year plus $2 per seat.
A fun, interactive music experience
“Create your own music with the help of a merry crew of beatboxers. Choose your musical style among 8 impressive atmospheres and start to lay down, record and share your mix.”
User age: Any age, as this program does not require account creation.  Parental Control button available in settings.
Best features:
– Immediate use with no account required (more content with downloadable app but not necessary to enjoy the experience)
– Very intuitive program; visual and textual help screens pop up once you choose your first mix set
– Available in 6 languages
– Drag and drop pre-recorded loops onto each beatboxing character which provides them with a themed “outfit” and a sound associated with their character
– You can record and save your mix (appears to be a cloud save because you do not enter any personal information although you can give yourself a handle for your mixes
– Name and share links immediately; the Playlist button allows you to see what’s been recorded in the last 24 hours as well as a Top 50 playlist of popular mixes
Ease of use:
– Arranging and mixing feature is very intuitive with visual/text guides if needed
– Most users will find this very fun and motivating
– You can spend hours listening to all of the mixes others created–inspiration to be found from the simple to sophisticated mixes
Teacher review:
As 7th and 8th graders, my students used Incredibox completely independently as a mixing and arranging tool. Most students used it purely for fun–they didn’t even realize they were making musical choices as they “played”!  Some used their mix as their final product for the composition unit and turned it in for a grade since their final product requirement was to spend 3 class periods ‘making music using technology’.  Although peers found it very entertaining, I made sure to label it as “mixing and arranging” rather than “composing”. 
Incredibox could be a wonderful introductory program into other mixing, arranging and editing programs or as a way to introduce composition during a one-trimester or-semester music technology class.  A few students will enjoy this for one class period and then be ready for something more sophisticated and not return to it again, whereas others will continue using at home or on their phone and share the website URL with others.  Most elementary students would find it just completely fun, although I did have a student or two who expressed concern that the beatboxers were bare-chested until you “dressed” them.  As a teacher myself, I find it to be a fun distraction that I return to a few times a year.
– Alpha version on website is free
– Educational Version 12 seat minimum for $12/mth
– App available on App Store, Steam, Microsoft Store for $4.99
– Merchandise store with coffee mugs to art ranging in price from $14.99 to $147.99
Make music in an online DAW
“An online studio where you can make beats, record & edit audio/MIDI, mix, and collaborate. 20000+ loops and samples. 15 audio effects.” 
User age: 13+ (use granted for those under 13 with Parent/Guardian permission)
Best features:
– Easy account set-up (Google login) for immediate use
– Video tutorials and user step-by-step guides
– Drag and drop pre-recorded professional loops from the Sound Library
– Choose audio effects for each loop
– Share links, collaborate or place your work in the Community forum
Ease of use:
– Composing feature is not intuitive
– Motivated students will explore the tools and use the ones that work easily for them
– Features a QWERTY virtual keyboard but does not have a step-by-step guide for using it
– The right toolbar has icons that are useful but not defined–most students will need to be taught their purpose and how to use the export feature
Teacher review:
As 7th and 8th graders, my students used Soundation independently as an editing and arranging tool.  No student chose to compose with it because they were too impatient to watch the videos and it was not intuitive for composing.  Students were able to independently understand editing and arranging sound loops and to judge what they liked and did not like about their choices.  Many students used the channel features but only at the surface level.  I had to teach students how to export their files to me for their final grade.

Editing, mixing and arranging are its best usage in a one-trimester or -semester music technology class.  Elementary students would be able to use the program with mixing and arranging lessons and guided practice.
– Free (3 projects and 1 GB storage)
– Starter (10 projects) $9.99/month; annual plan $4.99/month
– Creator (unlimited projects) $14.99/month; annual plan $9.99/month
– Pro (unlimited projects) $49.99/month; annual plan $29.99/month
Make music together. Online. Your everywhere studio.
The best collaboration platform for making music online.”
User age: 13+ (use granted for those under 13 with Educator School Account)
Best features:
Easy account set-up (Google login) for immediate use for 13+ users
Video tutorials for all features
Light and dark mode for personalization of workspace
Drag and drop pre-recorded professional loops from the Sound Library
Choose sophisticated audio effects for each loop with tutorials for using effects
Record,edit and collaborate on any device and store your work in the Cloud
Auto-tune feature offers the ability to pitch and modify voice recordings
Audio editing tools (volume, pan, filter sweep effects)
QWERTY synthesizer that allows you to easily play a virtual keyboard using the keys on your computer keyboard (dozens of sound settings available with effects settings) or a piano roll that allows you to click from low to high and extend the value with your mouse monophonically or with polyphony
Connects your microphone, guitar or any other electronic instrument to the program
Patterns Beatmaker tool allows you to make your own beats with 18 percussion instruments associated with a traditional trap set
Record, transcribe to text and edit your own Podcast which can be uploaded to Spotify or downloaded as a link for you to post anywhere
Educator Account links to all major LMS platforms and provides many of the features present in a personal use account with additional lesson plans and assignments
Ease of use:
Composing feature is sophisticated and would take multiple lessons for a student to learn the tools
Motivated students will explore the tools and videos and make incredible music; students who are taking a required course will need lessons and step-by-step assignments to use the technology and may find the vast resources overwhelming without finite boundaries
Beatmaker tool seems to only be quarter note values–there’s probably a video tutorial for that!
Easy to share, post, collaborate
Teacher review:
As 7th and 8th graders, my students used Soundtrap independently as an editing and arranging tool.  The composing tool has improved dramatically since we last used it.  Most students were able to independently understand editing and arranging sound loops and to judge what they liked and did not like about their choices.  A small number of students used the array of features, but the majority of students used it only at the surface level.  

Editing and arranging loops are its best usage in a one-trimester or -semester music technology class. An entire trimester or semester music elective would be needed to allow focus on the usage of all of the features of this online music technology tool which may lead to some career pursuits or lifelong interaction with music..  The podcast feature could be used by Language Arts, Drama, Musical Theatre and Music Production electives as well as in a Music Technology class through which a student could share their work, the work of others, reviews of current music or insights into the music they love. Elementary students would be able to use the program with mixing and arranging lessons and guided practice.
– Free plan
– Music Makers Premium $9.99/month; annual plan $7.99/month
– Music Makers Supreme $14.99/month; annual plan $11.99/month
– Storytellers (podcasts) $14.99/month; annual plan $11.99/month
– Complete $17.99/month; annual plan $13.99/mth
Education Version–30 day Free Trial (up to 500 seats with all features); School or District Plan $349 plus applicable taxes for 50 minimum seats ($6.98/seat); price per seat lowers as you add additional seats

Composing in the music room–we make it easy with Hyperscore!

Cecilia Roudabush, Director of Education

Student composers in music class? Have you pictured that for ALL of your students? Writing actual melodies and rhythms and blending them together to form harmonies? What if they could add dynamics, create form and choose tone color? Previously, before I went to my first Hyperscore workshop in 2007, I would never have dreamed there was a program out there that could let my students compose a piece of music that was uniquely their own with little to no knowledge of music theory.

What do students bring to your music room?

Every student that walks in your music room brings in their own unique voice and creativity. Accordingly, what you accomplish in lessons and activities depends on their ability and willingness to share their skills and try out new ideas. Be that as it may, you have the opportunity to expand their skills by presenting composition as a way to learn music content and theory. Another methodology is to “invert the pedagogy” which allows their creativity to guide your presentation of concepts.

What can we give you to help guide student composers?

The following video will hopefully convince you to give composition a try in your classroom this year while proving that Hyperscore is a unique and easy way to accomplish that goal:

Yes! Student composers can be in YOUR music room, and Hyperscore makes it EASY!

These composition guide videos will be linked to from the free Resources for Educators found on our website. Additionally, you will find other supports with our 1) Tool Tips and the 2) Rhythm, Melody, Harmony and Dynamics and Form and Tone Color Modules loaded on our Resources page. However, if you can’t find an answer to a question or you need a lesson idea, contact me at:

We are here to help you guide your student composers in 2022-2023 and beyond!

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Hyperscore Office Hours

Cecilia Roudabush, Director of Education

Hyperscore Office Hours are an ongoing support offering from our team at New Harmony Line! We meet the first Tuesday of every month: 7:30 ET, 6:30 CT, 5:30 MT and 4:30 PT. Register on our website by clicking on the “Events” tab on the home page top toolbar, then clicking on the next upcoming “Office Hours” event:

Or, you can register directly by using the link below:

Meet with any, or all, of our staff

Executive Director June Kinoshita is our impassioned visionary. She brought Hyperscore back through Kickstarter and private donors so that everyone in the world with access to a device and the internet could make music. Chief Technology Officer Peter Torpey used Hyperscore before he ever came to the MIT Media Lab and became the wizard behind the curtain. Peter implements updates and improvements, moving the software to the Web while also guiding the construction of the Educator Version.

As Director of Education, I got to use my passion for, and knowledge of, 15 years of Hyperscore in the classroom to guide the web-based Beta pilot. Currently, I assist teachers, write National Core Arts Standards curriculum, suggest ideas to Peter, sing the praises of Hyperscore on social media and assist June in letting the world know it’s out there at Conventions.

How may we assist you?

We have covered a range of topics in our previous Office Hours, and are always open to discuss whatever our users may have questions about. To name a few examples, in our first session in August, I worked with a former student teacher. She will be implementing Hyperscore across her K-8 classes to build a spiral curriculum base for the National Core Arts Standards lessons I am writing. We will be posting these on our Resources for Educators page and hope to see them in our MusicFirst Hyperscore Classroom. In September, we focused on the “inverted pedagogy” philosophy that undergirds Hyperscore’s role in the classroom. Our October meeting featured Patrick Esarey, a masters student in music therapy at the University of Iowa, who shared the findings from his pilot study of Hyperscore in third grade classrooms and discussed ideas for future research.

By all means, please let me know what you would like to discuss in future Hyperscore Office Hours. We will start with any general questions at the beginning of the hour if you are unable to stay for the discussions portion. Consider joining our Facebook discussion page, “Teaching Hyperscore: Let’s Discuss” to keep the conversation going! Happy composing, and we hope to see you at Office Hours.

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Video of early Hyperscore!

What a delightful surprise this week to receive an email from Chief Technology Officer Peter Torpey that included a video of Morwaread “Mary” Farbood and Egon Pasztor in the 2000s demonstrating an early version of Hyperscore! Both Farbood and Pasztor were students in the Opera of the Future Group in the M.I.T. Media Lab when they designed and implemented Hyperscore. If you are interested in reading their Master’s Theses on the creation of Hyperscore, use this link or go to the Resources page on this website. Enjoy!

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Composing in Lucerne

In 2015, Tod Machover and the M.I.T. Media Lab Opera of the Future team went to Lucerne, Switzerland, to develop a symphonic portrait of the historic city. “A Symphony for Lucerne” was premiered by the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in September, 2015. In this video, Machover is coaching students at a school who are composing original pieces using Hyperscore. The students worked collaboratively with each other and created a variety of wonderful pieces that expressed their energy, feelings about their city, and sense of humor.

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A Hyperscore compendium

Hyperscore has been used by children around the world to compose original pieces. Their compositions have been performed by musicians, from rock bands to major orchestras. Check out this collection of some of our “greatest hits,” each one a wonderful expression of each child’s spirit. We can’t wait to release the new version of Hyperscore for the Web!

Empower kids to tell their stories through music.