IMUTUS: developing tools for rendering educational feedback to a child's music performance - Summary of an EU project
Anders Askenfelt, Erwin Schoonderwaldt, Kjetil Falkenberg Hansen
The use of modern technology in music teaching and practicing is a relatively new and unexplored area of research. The development of software for music teaching involves a wide variety of challenges, ranging from audio recognition and musical performance analysis to more psychologically oriented issues such as usability and learning theory. Another interesting aspect of using the computer is that it enables the development of new methods to provide detailed feedback on specific aspects of musical performance.
TMH has been involved in the development of IMUTUS (Interactive Music Tuition System). The main purpose of the program is to assist the practicing of young recorder students. The program includes processing and analysis of the students’ musical performance, and provides feedback to help them improve. The program was validated in a field study, and the results suggested that the students benefit from the use of it.
In the seminar we will focus on the development of the automatic performance evaluation. A study was made to how teachers judge student performances, which was used as the basis for the development of the methods. The detected errors are interpreted on a high level, so that the feedback can be related to specific playing skills.
IMUTUS will be followed up in a new EU-project (VEMUS), aiming to extend the program to several other musical instruments.