Computer-assisted musical instrument tutoring with targeted exercises

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dc.contributor.author Percival, Graham Keith
dc.date.accessioned 2008-08-21T00:10:50Z
dc.date.available 2008-08-21T00:10:50Z
dc.date.copyright 2008 en_US
dc.date.issued 2008-08-21T00:10:50Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/1081
dc.description.abstract Learning to play a musical instrument is a daunting task. Musicians must execute unusual physical movements within very tight tolerances, and must continually adjust their bodies in response to auditory feedback. However, most beginners lack the ability to accurately evaluate their own sound. We therefore turn to computers to analyze the student's performance. By extracting certain information from the audio, computers can provide accurate and objective feedback to students. This thesis lays out some general principles for such projects, and introduces tools to help practicing rhythms and violin intonation. There are three distinct portions to this research: automatic exercise creation, audio analysis, and visualization of errors. Exercises were created with Constraint Satisfaction Programming, audio analysis was performed with amplitude and pitch detection, and errors were displayed with a novel graphical interface. This led to the creation of MEAWS, an open-source program for music students. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject computer-assisted instruction en_US
dc.subject music education en_US
dc.subject rhythm practice en_US
dc.subject violin intonation practice en_US
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Sciences and Engineering::Applied Sciences::Computer science en_US
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Communication and the Arts::Music en_US
dc.title Computer-assisted musical instrument tutoring with targeted exercises en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Tzanetakis, George
dc.contributor.supervisor Schloss, Andrew
dc.degree.department Dept. of Computer Science en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US

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