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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

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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! I have posted the video trainings on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSccCX2HRqavoJ5-yvUI6qA/videos. First, I present each Element of Music. At the end of each video, the students/clients 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!

You can 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 and abilities of your students/clients. You can also 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

Our July 23, 2021 training edited for time and split into sections
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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!