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Title: The Art of Alice: Adding a Musical Component

The Art of Alice Adding a Musical Component
  • ALICE Symposium - June 2009
Debra L. Smarkusky Penn State University Worthingt
on Scranton Information Sciences and Technology
(IST) Department
Sharon A. Toman Penn State University Worthington
Scranton Music Department
Penn State Worthington Scranton
  • 1,400 students
  • Average class size 23
  • 45-acre campus
  • 62 full-time faculty
  • 46 part-time faculty
  • Baccalaureate and Associate Degrees
  • First two years of a Penn State bachelors degree
    in over 160 programs

Student Experience Using Alice (Overview of
Programming Languages Course)
Question Strongly Agree or Agree Un-decided Strongly Disagree or Disagree
Alice allowed me to be creative 85 9 6
Alice was easy to use 91 6 3
Alice animations were fun to create 79 9 12
I learned a lot about animation using Alice 76 12 12
Alice was more exciting when we included music 73 15 12
I was able to correlate my animations with music 76 15 9
I wish I knew how to create my own original sounds 76 12 12
I wish I knew how to compose my own music for the animations 85 6 9
Integrative Arts Course in Music and Animation
  • General Education Guidelines
  • aid students in developing intellectual
    curiosity, strengthened ability to think, and a
    deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation
  • Motivation
  • Interdisciplinary course in music and animation
  • Active Learning exercises to aid in the retention
    of knowledge
  • Excite students about using technology while
    being creative

Integrative arts students
  • Many are first-generation college students
  • No technology background
  • Mix of mathematical and problem solving abilities
  • Freshmen or sophomores with knowledge of music
    and/or technology ranging from none to extensive
  • Majority had an interest in one or both
  • Decide on a potential career
  • Enforce what they already knew
  • Provide them with additional knowledge that they
    could apply to another course or project

The art of alice (Creativity)
  • Interface, methods, control structures
  • Camera controls and event-handling
  • Background music
  • Music that will play for entire animation
  • Sound effects
  • When using playSound method in a sequence or
    other logical structure
  • When using playSound in a DoTogether tile
  • Using the duration parameter of playSound method
    to adjust time of the sound effect

Positive student experiences when using alice
  • Easy-to-use, fun and creative canvas
  • Express their creative ability and produce
    animations quickly
  • Abstractions, drag-and-drop interface, and hidden
  • Opportunity to use programming constructs without
    having to learn the intricacies of a programming
  • See and manipulate objects directly avoiding
    frustration and confusion with learning a new
    programming language
  • Engaged in their creations and eager to add
    additional components and complexities to their

Music Software
  • Sibelius is a music notation program designed to
    write and play music in a variety of styles

Music Software
  • Sibelius allows students to explore digital music
    through the use of technology
  • Sibelius uses
  • A basic point-and-click format for the insertion
    of musical notes
  • Editing tools for the management of notes,
    graphics, and texts

Music Software
  • The musical sound file created by Sibelius can be
    easily converted to a WAV or MP3 file by using
    any sound converter tool such as Switch

Learning Process
  • The process of learning musical concepts is very
    similar to that of learning animation concepts
  • Students are introduced to the theoretical and
    fundamental terms
  • And then required to apply what they have learned

Music theory
  • Basic concepts of music theory are introduced
  • Pitch
  • Rhythm
  • Time signatures
  • Major/minor scales
  • Major/minor key signature
  • Intervals
  • Chords
  • Proper set-up of a musical score
  • Music terminology

Musical Math
  • Students work to problem-solve musical concepts
    through active-learning exercises created in
  • Students complete Musical Math problems to
    learn the basic rhythmic values in music


Integrated Project
  • Music Requirements
  • Required to re-create note-for-note,
    concept-for-concept a musical score in Sibelius
    that is the same as shown on a piece of sheet
    music they have been given
  • Additional instruments into the final score
  • Guitar line
  • Bass line
  • Drum line
  • Animation Requirements
  • Select a theme with three scenes (beginning,
    middle and end)
  • At least 5 different types of logical control
  • Event-handlers for at least 5 different objects
    and/or key strokes
  • Utilize the camera controls
  • Students must integrate their complete musical
    score into the Alice World using the proper
    methods and coding procedures
  • A students grade for this project is based on
    their completed musical composition, the
    technical components of the animation, and their
    creativity in selecting a theme, adding
    additional objects, animations, and sounds.

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Similar development processes
  • Sibelius allows students instant feedback on the
    quality of the musical score they are composing
  • Students realize that creating a musical score in
    Sibelius is comparable to creating animations in
  • Both follow development process which includes
    analysis, design, implementation, and testing

Student Comments
  • It is a different type of class that helps to
    teach you about the different types of software.
    It also teaches you new skills.
  • Its a new experience. Even if your major has
    nothing to do with what you learn using Alice, it
    is fun and interesting.
  • I learned a ton and would describe it as a good
    time and a great way to learn music and
  • I have an increased interest in music theory
    after taking the class.
  • I believe that it can be a fun course and lets
    you be creative. Also, Alice is not that hard to
    use. I also think that this class can help with
    different majors offered on campus. Alice is
    also very different from other Art courses. You
    are able to do more what you want and it is an
    art course that lets you use computer programs
    and not many art courses really do that.
  • Alice is very user friendly, easy to understand,
    and simple to fix an error.
  • Alice is a great tool for teaching someone the
    basics of animation and object oriented
    programming. I had a great time experimenting in
    Alice and using it to strengthen the fundamentals
    of objects.

  • From Sibelius
  • to Alice

Future Efforts
  • Positive feedback from the students and the
    admissions staff
  • Average female enrollment of 25 in our course
    each semester
  • Summer STEM Academy (ages 13-15) to teach
    Sibelius and Alice with 50 female enrollment
  • Comparison of 3-Dimensional musical animations in
    Alice with 2-Dimension musical animations in

Questions or Discussion