July 29, 2019

Electronic music (with Sonic Pi)

Programming doesn’t have to be limited to making objects move around the screen. Many schools are enhancing pupils’ computing ability through producing electronic music, which can be used to develop their understanding of various programming concepts, such as sequencing, selection, repetition and variables. Procedures (sets of instructions reused throughout a program) can even be introduced to enable children to begin writing more efficient code.

Our electronic music days, which are suitable for children from Y5 and above, can be differentiated depending on your pupils’ ability. For example, the workshops could be altered to the needs of those pupils on your gifted and talented register by developing advanced thinking and problem-solving skills.

What does the workshop involve?

All our workshops can be tailored to your school’s specific needs and help meet the requirements of the KS2 Computing National Curriculum.

Based around the popular Sonic Pi programming environment, which can even be used for professional “live coding” performances, as outlined in our blog post here, our electronic music workshops typically include:

  • Overview of the session and examples of work pupils will produce
  • Introduction to basic sequencing commands (e.g. produce a simple melody)
  • Using repetition for a backing track (e.g. adding drum beats / loops)
  • Altering variables to change sounds (e.g. modifying pitch, volume, tempo, etc)
  • Sampling music (e.g. recording a small section of the latest chart hits)
  • Recording sounds (e.g. adding original vocal content)
  • Sharing programs
  • Parental showcase – parents / carers visit school to see what the children have produced during the day

The workshops can also build on children’s existing knowledge, including content taught during ICT / Computing lessons. Should staff training be required, this can also be arranged using our programming training.

Who is the workshop for?

The session outlined above is suitable for Y5 children and upwards, with older children able to attempt more complex problems and produce increasingly advanced programs.

How much does it cost?

The price outlined below includes an initial consultation with your school to ensure you’ll get the most from our training. Discounts are available for bookings of multiple training packages. 

Full day: £450 (reduced to £400 if a booking is made before 31st December 2019 for the 2019-2020 academic year).