Musical Instruments & Interfaces (MII) Research and Development Lab

CITME members integrate electronic instruments, digital technology, computers, alternative controllers, and software in music classrooms to determine the potential for these technologies in music education and how they might be used as creative and expressive tools for music making. The MII R&D Lab provides music educators, the creators of new instruments/interfaces/technologies, and companies with naturalistic environments and feedback regarding pedagogical and curricular implications for new technologies in music teaching and learning.
We actively seek partnerships with music industry, inventors, designers, entrepreneurs, and others interested in expanding possibilities for music education.
Current Projects

Engaging with MII

We are currently researching and developing approaches to integrating the following musical instruments and interfaces at ASU:
  • Makey Makey
  • iPad Apps

Creating & Curating Resources

CITME partners generate and curate resources related to the use of musical instruments and interfaces for teaching and learning music. By organizing and providing these resources we hope to save music educators time so that they can focus on developing their own knowledge base and determining best practices for integrating musical instruments and interfaces in their programs.

Past Projects

Personal and Professional Development with Music Applications

CITME partners, graduate, and undergraduate students often work on personal and professional development with varied instruments and interfaces. This project archives their work.

Updates & News       



Past Projects

Personal and Professional Development with Music Applications

Tutorials and Personal Reflections on Learning Max/MSP Music Programming Software

Robert Freeman, a masters degree student in music education at Arizona State, engaged in a project where he learned how to use the application MAX and developed a related series of tutorials on using MAX. Max/MSP is an innovative programming language that has many potential uses for the music educator. These tutorials provide an introduction to the software for the novice programmer and computer user. As part of developing his understanding of MAX and ability to program patches, Robert referenced V.J. Manzo’s book Max/MSP/Jitter for Music: A practical guide to developing interactive systems for education and more.

Tutorials for Developing Music Performing and Creating Systems with Lemur (and connections to music education)

Sander DeVries, a masters student in music education at Arizona State, engaged in a project where he learned how to use the iPad app Lemur to design music performing and creating systems by programming graphical user interfaces. Sander developed related projects involving creating and performing music in Garageband with Lemur that he pilot tested with middle school students. Here are some of his video tutorials with connections to music teaching and learning.

New technologies and instruments in music classrooms

Research and development of integrating Kaossilators and Kaoss pads in an elementary after-school program.

Research and development of integrating Audio Cubes in elementary classrooms.


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