Composing is a neglected area of music education. To increase participation, many technologies provide open-ended interfaces to motivate child autodidactic use, drawing influence from Papert’s LOGO philosophy (to support children’s learning through play). This paper presents a case study examining which interactions with Codetta, a LOGO-inspired, block-based music platform, supports children’s creativity in music composition. Interaction logs were collected from 20 children and correlated against socially validated creativity scores. To conclude, we recommend that the transition between low-level edits and high-level processes should be carefully scaffolded.
Nash, C., Ford, C., & Bryan-Kinns, N. (in press). Creativity in children's digital music composition