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How could I have let a whole week go by without shouting out that Kickstarter chose Hyperscore as a #ProjectWeLove in recognition of its “…brilliant creativity”!!?! The Kickstarter is 50% funded as of today with 17 days to reach our goal of $10,000. Check out our progress at:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hypescore/hyperscore-a-new-way-to-compose-music/posts/3332240

We also received a shout out from MusicFirst’s Director, Dr. James Frankel:

Thank you to everyone promoting Hyperscore to their friends and family who love music!

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Meet the team: June Kinoshita

June is an experienced entrepreneur and executive with a track record of creating and transforming game-changing organizations. Her extensive non-profit leadership experience includes serving since 2012 at the FSHD Society, a rare disease advocacy and funding organization. Previously, she co-founded the Alzheimer Research Forum and N-of-One, a pioneering precision medicine company.

“Having seen Hyperscore in action, I am driven to see this amazing technology realize its potential to transform how children experience music,” she says. “My passion is to make the world a better place by building sustainable models to promote health, wellness and culture.”

June is a graduate of Harvard College, where she concentrated in physics, and has been a writer and editor for Scientific AmericanScienceThe New York Times Magazine, and many other national publications.

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Group 1 Beta testing nearly complete!

New Harmony Line would like to thank our Beta pilot teachers at Northwest (Mrs. Garringer), North Central (Mr. Wagner), and Southeast Junior High (Mr. Debes) in the Iowa City Schools and Allen Elementary (Mr. Cushenbery) in Kansas. They were the first to complete the Beta testing of Hyperscore. We also want to acknowledge the many students who learned to make music in a new way and said “thank you” and “you’re welcome” when we expressed our appreciation for their help, comments and suggestions!

We have 224 students in Group 1. Sycamore Canyon and Kirkwood Elementaries in California and Iowa are still creating music. Group 2 began last week with schools in Iowa, Massachusetts, Canada and Germany preparing to take the Interest Survey. The word “cool” is the most common positive found in the Interest and Exit Surveys–that’s music to our ears!

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Thank you to Kickstarter for giving New Harmony Line this designation “which is our way of highlighting brilliant examples of creativity”! For more information on the Kickstarter Campaign that Executive Director June Kinoshita launched October 18th, visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hypescore/hyperscore-a-new-way-to-compose-music

New Harmony Line is a #ProjectWeLove

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Help us kickstart Hyperscore

Two years ago, Tod Machover and June Kinoshita founded New Harmony Line to resurrect Hyperscore, the software which hundreds of school children have used to compose original music that has been woven into Tod’s Toy Symphony and City Symphony pieces and performed around the world. Hyperscore enables anyone to express themselves through original compositions without demanding years of musical training. It’s super fun to use, and more importantly, it helps young people “find their voice” and deepen their appreciation of musical culture—a lifelong gift.

We’re incredibly lucky to have Peter Torpey, Tod’s former PhD student at the Media Lab, join as CTO of New Harmony Line. Peter has redeveloped Hyperscore as a web application. This was a tour de force, and we now have a beta version that is being tested this fall in 24 classrooms across the U.S. and Europe. Our next step is to develop the back-end software so that we can release Hyperscore in the spring of 2022 to the educational market.

To help us fund this critical step, we have launched a Kickstarter campaign. We would love it so much if you would consider supporting it. Your financial backing would be amazing, but just as important is your help in sharing the campaign with your network. Our success depends critically on word of mouth, especially at the start of the campaign. We’d deeply appreciate your help in letting your friends and connections know about it. Encourage them to view the page and share it in turn to anyone they think might be excited by Hyperscore.

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Meet our team: Tod Machover

Hyperscore was invented by the Opera of the Future group of Tod Machover, the Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media at the M.I.T. Media Laboratory. A Pulitzer Prize-finalist and Emmy-winning composer, Tod is creator of City Symphonies. In 2016, he was named Composer of the Year by Musical America. Called a “musical visionary” by The New York Times and “America’s most wired composer” by The Los Angeles Times, Tod is an influential composer and inventor, praised for creating music that breaks traditional artistic and cultural boundaries and for developing technologies that expand music’s potential for everyone, from celebrated virtuosi to musicians of all abilities.

Hyperscore software, developed by his Media Lab team, has enabled children around the world to compose music which has been performed by chamber music ensembles like the Ying Quartet, rock bands, and major orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Tod studied with Elliott Carter and Roger Sessions at The Juilliard School and was the first Director of Musical Research at Pierre Boulez’s IRCAM in Paris. He is widely recognized for designing new technologies for music performance and creation, such as Hyperinstruments, “smart” performance systems that extend expression for virtuosi, from Yo-Yo Ma to Prince, as well as for the general public. The video games Guitar Hero and Rock Band were invented by graduates of Machover’s group at the Media Lab.

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Sycamore Canyon Composing on iPads

Twelve 4th graders from California’s Sycamore Canyon sound like they’re enjoying composing with Hyperscore on iPads. The teacher reports that she frequently hears the words “That’s so cool” in class! Students have also been eager to share tips with each other. Students find it easiest to save on an iPad is using the “safe” icon at the bottom of the screen. iPads also will make recordings. When the Cloud platform is activated, saving will be the easiest part of Hyperscore. Thanks to Sycamore Canyon for being Beta testers!

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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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Kirkwood 3rd and 4th Grades Have Fun and Problem-Solve

I would like to welcome our 3rd and 4th grade Beta testers from Kirkwood Elementary in Iowa! Currently, the students are writing Hyperscore music with an average of 93% of the 55 students completely engaged and enjoying the opportunity daily! Unfortunately, gamers need to beware a teacher that keeps her eye on your work ethic!! The music teacher reported that one of the students was frustrated by an issue. Thankfully, she returned to work with a smile once the teacher helped her problem-solve. Now, their daily average is up to 95%! The 3rd grade online music class chose to work muted with their screens off (not a surprise to online teachers!). However, they asked questions in the chat and more students wanted to share their work with the class than time allowed for. That’s a SUPER indicator of interest–thanks Online Academy and Kirkwood!

Problem-Solving Hint from Kirkwood: not seeing the play button on the Rhythm Sketch Window when you are ready to listen?

Where is the play button?

Click on the Window you want to see and then click on the “View Window” tool!

Now you see the WHOLE window (below)!

Celebrate this hint and happy problem-solving Kirkwood Beta testers!

Do you see the play button now? Thanks View Window Tool…

Let me know if you have any questions or comments!

Director of Education: cecilia.roudabush@newharmonyline.org

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Northwest Junior High completes the Beta testing!

Iowa’s Northwest Junior High General Music students have turned in their final compositions as our first Beta testers! I’m excited to see the final feedback from the students when they take the Exit Survey. I hope it’s great news! Current composers include Iowa’s North Central Junior High and Kirkwood Elementary. Student’s at Allen Elementary school in Kansas say they “don’t want the class period to end”! Sycamore Canyon Elementary in California turned in the interest survey. Composing time is next!

Is your school starting their Beta test? Let me know that you are ready to go. I will be here to support you in any way I can during the process!

cecilia.roudabush@newharmonyline.org