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Get ready…set…WRITE MUSIC!

Want to learn how to present Hyperscore to your students? We’ve done all the work for you! In the video trainings, I present each Element of Music. At the end of each video, the students/clients will learn how Hyperscore allows them to use the Elements. They will write a Rhythm, Melody, and Harmony, choose Dynamics and Tone Color and create Form. In other words, WRITE MUSIC! Use your own favorite way to present the Elements, or email me for a copy of the modules. All modules were designed for junior high or high-school non-musicians. But, you can personalize the videos for the age of your students/clients and change the definitions to fit your facility or school’s user-friendly music vocabulary. Contact me with any questions or to get your free copy of the modules: cecilia.roudabush@newharmonyline.org

Hyperscore and Art COLLABORATION!
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Northwest Junior High is composing music with Hyperscore!

Will the 7th grade General Music students write a “Hot Cross Buns” composition or a movie theme like “Star Wars”? Iowa’s Northwest Junior High is our first school to have students writing music this week with our web-based Hyperscore! The teacher introduced the Rhythm module Tuesday and students wrote 1-3 rhythms on Wednesday. I had the thrill of Zooming with two students and the teacher as we practiced saving scores. Our Director of Technology is perfecting the system for saving work to the cloud but the desktop save is working well in the meantime. Yesterday, students completed the Melody module and today they are writing 1 easily recognizable melody and another 1-2 original melodies. Wishing them a great time being creative with Hyperscore!

If you want any information about our web-based Beta Model, please contact me (Director of Education) at:

cecilia.roudabush@newharmonyline.org

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Phase 1 Begins!

Have you been wondering if Hyperscore is still out there, waiting to allow your students or clients to easily compose music? Elementary and junior high students in Iowa and Kansas will be the first of our Beta testers to begin instruction with the NEW WEB-BASED VERSION of Hyperscore in early September 2021. I am excited to hear what the students think of the program’s tools and what creativity is unleashed! We hope to post student examples and teacher comments as the phases progress. If you are interested in piloting, please contact me (Director of Education) at cecilia.roudabush@newharmonyline.com. I have a recorded video of the 7.23.21 training and 4 teaching modules that you can personalize or use as is. Let’s make music together!

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Make music with me!

Hello! I am the Director of Education with New Harmony Line. I began this new career in June after retiring from 32 years of teaching General and Adaptive Music in the Iowa City Community School District. I taught K-9 for 13 years and 7-12 my last 18 with my first year as a long-term substitute teacher working with students with Behavior Disorders. My Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Iowa was in Music Education/Music Therapy and I have a Master’s Degree in Music Education specializing in Music Therapy and Behavior Disorders. I hope, with my previous experience, to support you with your students or clients of any age, interest or ability level!

I piloted the first model of Hyperscore in 2003 and have been teaching my students to make music with the software ever since. I was very excited to hear about the web-based program–if you have used Hyperscore before, you will love the updates Chief Technology Officer Peter Torpey has made to freshen the platform and extend it’s educational capabilities while still keeping the user-friendly graphic interface Hyperscore is known for!

Enjoy this website or contact me for information about Hyperscore or being a part of our Fall 2021 web-based Beta Model Pilot Project. You can receive training via Zoom or use our recorded 7/23/21 training. You will also receive 4 modules to introduce the Elements of Music through Hyperscore including Rhythm, Melody, Harmony and Dynamics and Form and Tone Color. Personalize the videos, the language, or the wording for whatever age/population you are working with.

Looking forward to helping you and others make music!

cecilia.roudabush@newharmonyline.org

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Gearing up for Beta Model Pilot!

Hyperscore is BACK! As of today, we have teachers and music makers in Massachusetts, Iowa, Texas, Canada and Italy preparing for the Beta Model Pilot starting in August and into the spring of 2022. Are you interested in receiving the 7/23 videotaped training or attending a Zoom workshop for training? Would you like to receive the modules created to introduce your end-user to Rhythm, Melody, Harmony and Dynamics and Form and Tone Color through Hyperscore? Contact Director of Education, Cecilia Roudabush, for more information:

cecilia.roudabush@newharmonyline.org

I look forward to helping you to make music for yourself and/or with others!

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Hyperscore has starring role at the Toronto Symphony

Saturday evening saw the successful debut of Tod Machover’s “A Toronto Symphony”, described aptly by conductor Peter Oundjian as “the most collaborative piece of music that has ever been written.” Nearly a year in the making, the new work was commissioned by the Toronto Symphony for its New Creations Festival. Scored for a full symphony orchestra, the half-hour-long piece involved thousands of citizens of Toronto who contributed acoustic sample and original compositions. Hundreds of school children composed original music using Hyperscore.

Check out this BBC News video about the project here: Tod Machover: composer’s social media symphony for Toronto.

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Composer Stacy Garrop on teaching with Hyperscore

Composer Stacy Garrop was invited by the Ying Quartet’s David Ying to lead a series of Hyperscore composing workshops for the 2011 Skaneateles Festival. The resulting works were performed by string quartets at the Festival. In an interview with us, Garrop shared some of her lessons learned from mentoring non-musicians to compose music using our software. You can listen to her in the video.

Some key points:

  • Teachers need to be committed so that the kids won’t  just put it down after one day. Teachers who are passionate about the project will communicate that passion to their students.
  • With high school students, you may run into the problem that many students know notation and may try to replicated note for note the music they already know.
  • The visual representations of music in Hyperscore gets kids excited and is helpful.
  • You need to break things down into building blocks. Design lessons around what’s important in music and what’s meaningful in music.
  • The colors helped isolate different elements of music and provide a way to talk about their different functions in the music.
  • People who are already in a creative field really get it.
  • I created lots of exercises to help people learn about the tools in Hyperscore. For example, we did an exercise about range.
  • Everyone needs a goal. Before my first workshop, I gave people small assignment that they can have ready for me to  look at and a goal for the end of each workshop.
  • Make sure you know what the equipment needs are. A good sound system is important!
  • Also really important – You need enough computers so that the kids can be working on their pieces while I’m going around the room. If I have enough time, they can get enough work done during a class to get feedback at the end of class.

Garrop remarked that she found it “very enlightening” to talk with much younger students. Overall, it was a “really fun” experience for her.

If you are interested in inviting Stacy Garrop to lead workshops in your school or organization, she may be reached via her website at http://www.garrop.com/

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Music from Skaneateles

We recently received audio recordings of several compositions by participants in the Hyperscore II project for the famed Skaneateles Music Festival. In April and May of 2011, composer Stacy Garrop visited schools in upstate New York, teaching students what it takes to compose music. Stacy helped kids of all ages to discover the music within; participants ranged in age from 10 to adult and included students from A.J. Smith Elementary in Union Springs, West Genesee Middle School and Skaneateles High School, as well as employees of ChaseDesign. The project culminated with the Hyperscore II Community Celebration at the 2011 festival.

We were very impressed by how each piece expresses a distinctive personality and diversity of structure. Click on the gallery images below to see what these pieces look like in Hyperscore. Do take a listen and share your thoughts!

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Hyperscore in Action: Using motifs to build music

One of the core ideas in Hyperscore are “motifs” – small melodies and rhythm patterns – which form the basic building blocks from which to construct musical compositions. In this video, Tod Machover coaches a groups of children in Armenia and the U.S. as they work together to create a new piece to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the United States Embassy in Armenia. Humming tunes and drawing in Hyperscore, the kids created a variety of motifs. Here we see them start to construct a composition which eventually will be performed by the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra at the gala celebration. (For more information, read From the U.S. to Armenia, Kids Build a Musical Bridge.)

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America to Armenia – Building a Musical Bridge

The opulent Armenian Opera Theater in the heart of Armenia’s capital Yerevan reverberated with some truly fresh sounds on the evening of February 25, 2012, as two of Armenia’s elite musical ensembles dug into new pieces composed entirely by children from Armenia and the United States. The concert, “A-to-A: A World in Harmony,” featured the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra and DOGMA, one of the country’s most popular rock bands. The event was co-sponsored by the LUYS Education Foundation and the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan to celebrate the embassy’s 20th anniversary.

Despite the composers’ youth – they ranged in age from 8 to 14 – their work was rich and rewarding to hear, thanks to the boost their musical imaginations received from Hyperscore, a music-creation software developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab by a team led by renowned composer Tod Machover. Hyperscore puts unprecedented composing power into the hands of people who long to express themselves musically, regardless of their formal training. More than that, Hyperscore turns out to be an exceptional tool for collaborative creativity. One of the pieces receiving its world premiere at the Yerevan event was jointly composed by children in Boston and Armenia.