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Creativity in children's digital music composition

Ford, Corey; Bryan-Kinns, Nick; Nash, Chris

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Corey Ford

Nick Bryan-Kinns

Chris Nash
Senior Lecturer in Music Tech - Software Development


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

Conference Name New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME)
Conference Location Shanghai, China
Start Date Jun 15, 2021
End Date Jun 18, 2021
Acceptance Date Mar 19, 2021
Deposit Date May 3, 2021
Publicly Available Date May 4, 2021
Series Title Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME)
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Additional Information Based on Corey Ford's MRes Computer Science master's thesis, supervised by Dr Chris Nash.


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