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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Princeton music course debuts through online learning platform Kadenze

Photo: Jamie Saxon
"Princeton University is expanding its online course offerings through Kadenze, an online learning platform specifically created to support the arts and creative technologies. On this platform, Princeton Professor of Music Daniel Trueman will offer the course "Reinventing the Piano," in which students will explore a new instrument called the Prepared Digital Piano." writes Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications.

Trueman (standing behind piano) conducts Sideband, a professional offshoot of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk), which he cofounded at the University in 2005. Both Sideband and PLOrk feature the use of computer-based musical meta-instruments created with laptops, custom-designed speakers and a variety of control devices including keyboards and graphics tablets.
Photo: Princeton University

Princeton is among the first institutions to utilize Kadenze, which launched June 16. Kadenze offers a range of interactive courses with unique capabilities tailored to the arts, including media–rich lessons and algorithms to analyze and measure students' performance and progress. The courses are open to learners worldwide.

"The Prepared Digital Piano is an instrument I've been creating over the last couple of years, in tandem with a host of composition projects including the Nostalgic Synchronic Etudes, a set of eight pieces for the new instrument," Trueman said.

"This course will explore this instrument and the music, though it will also delve into how and why we might build instruments like these, using the history of the piano and its music as an initial model, but also the flexibility of software as a new space for instrument building and composition," he said.

Jeff Himpele, the director for teaching initiatives and programs at the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning at Princeton, said Kadenze is a significant addition to the variety of online learning environments available to our faculty, including Coursera and NovoEd, which focus largely on text- and number-based courses and less on the creative and performing arts.

Himpele said Kadenze presents the opportunity to engage with a lively community of artists and learners. "In the arts and beyond, faculty across the campus will be able to integrate this platform with their Princeton classes and enrich the student experience by extending their classroom activities into an online environment that supports new forms of creative work," Himpele said.

The development of Kadenze has a direct connection to the University.
Kadenze's cofounders are Perry Cook, professor of computer science, emeritus, and Ajay Kapur, a 2002 alumnus. Kapur met Cook his junior year when he took Cook's course "Transforming Reality by Computer." The following year, Cook served as Kapur's thesis adviser. After Princeton, Kapur went on to earn his Ph.D. at the University of Victoria, working under one of Cook's former graduate students, George Tzanetakis...

There are 22 courses in the Kadenze catalog.

"Kadenze offers students the opportunity to learn from the best and brightest in arts-focused education," said Cook. "We view ourselves as a bridge, and our goal is to connect students and institutions in a way that elevates everyone."
Anyone wishing to enroll in Princeton's open online courses may do so at no charge. These offerings do not result in Princeton University credit.

Source: Princeton University