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"Touch the Sound": Tangible Interface for Children Music Learning and Sound Experimentation

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“Touch the sound” is a music learning and sound experimenting system for children, composed by a technological tool (a tablet based interface that uses a series of physical and tangible elements for music and sound interaction) and a learning APP based on the IMLS (intelligent Music Learning System) project. In this paper we present and discuss the main pedagogical motivations for this tool: to create a tool based on accessible technology and to develop a learning tool that enhances the contact with the musical language through direct experimentation and that takes into count children’s understanding of symbols. The design process of the whole system is also described. As presented in the outcomes section, the application possibilities of “Touch the Sound” go beyond the learning of music itself and open new paths for learning different contents based on the immersion generated by sound and on the emotional impact that sound has on the listener.

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