Teaching with MuVisu and Boomwhackers

In this post I like to give you just a little example of how I use MuVisu for teaching a band for mentally challenged people. The technical setup consists of a laptop connected to a beamer and speakers. The beamer is used to project animated musical information onto a wall so that everybody can see it. The goal is to lower the difficulty to read the information and translate it into musical action. This way I get room to focus on certain individuals while the rest of the group can practise independently.

Boomwhackers are colored and tuned percussion tubes that are great for making music in a group and to learn basic musical concepts. However, to coordinate playing a piece together isn’t easy – even for trained musicians. I use MuVisu to overcome this difficulty:

Boomwacker_screenshot Boomwhacker_liveB

The left picture shows MuVisu displaying a meleody I have arranged in Reaper. On the right side, you can can see the group playing the melodie. I can say that the participants really like to play Boomwhackers this way and that the outcome really isn’t bad. MuVisu enables me to teach music I couldn’t teach otherwise (with this group) and thats something I’m really proud of:)

update: here is a little Video. The quality isn’t good but enough to get an idea how it works:

An introduction to MuVisu

In this video I describe the current version of MuVisu, a program I’ve made to help learning musical instruments. It is insprired by interactive music games like Guitar Hero, Rock Band or Rocksmith. It’s focused on an universal approach of high customizabillity to make it usable for a wide scope of musical instruments as well as different learning-settings and -goals.

The project is hosted here: https://github.com/fpiesik/MuviTools/