Information Systems Education Journal

Volume 14

V14 N4 Pages 35-44

July 2016

Themed Learning with Music and Technology

Debra Smarkusky
Penn State University - Worthington Scranton
Dunmore, PA 18512, USA

Sharon Toman
Penn State University - Worthington Scranton
Dunmore, PA 18512, USA

Abstract: Interdisciplinary teaching and interpretation of technology for various applications provides a challenging and engaging environment for students to enhance their creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. This paper presents results of a joint effort between faculty in the Department of Information Sciences and Technology and the Department of Music to develop projects at various levels of the curriculum that utilizes a themed learning approach to enhance learned concepts. Students utilize technology as a means to convey their creativity, artistic design, and appreciation of the Arts. Since the creation of digital musical scores, animations and software applications share a similar development process, active-learning exercises using a variety of technologies, provide students with an opportunity to enhance learned concepts in both disciplines. While experiencing the project development process, students are learning object-oriented terminology, animation frameworks, computer programming, distributed computing concepts, and principles of music theory.

Keywords: Alice, Flash, Interdisciplinary Projects, LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT, Music, Sibelius

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Recommended Citation: Smarkusky, D., Toman, S. (2016). Themed Learning with Music and Technology. Information Systems Education Journal, 14(4) pp 35-44. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of EDSIG 2015)