December 20, 2012

Musix Pro Isomorphic Instrument

One issue that middle school kids face when they are first taught how to read sheet music is that it is too linear and boring.  There doesn’t seem to be any notation that builds upon another to describe music in a more fundamental way.  A staff and bars might teach you about tones and scales but it doesn’t make any attempt at describing more intricate relationships in music theory such as keys and progression.  Everything is simply taught in order without being able to question it as you go.

There are better ways of going about it.  When you add a simulated version of an instrument you take away its physical restraints like wear and tear or the order of the notes.  For example, a clarinet is limited by the strength of the reed as well as the musician’s ability play it – an electronic simulation is not.  Shiverware’s Musix Pro does the job of responding and teaching at the same time.  Unlike a traditional keyboard layout, its notes are arranged in a way that we are used to hearing them: harmonically.  The hex music shapes are also touching other notes in the correct harmonic order.  This isomorphic instrument works best on the iPad.