Imagine that the sole objective of music education were “to make it easy for everyone to knowledgeably compose, perform, and improvise their own music.” What innovations would be needed to attain this objective?
One early proposal is JIMS Intuitive Music System (JIMS). JIMS was designed to expose the deep structure of Musica Facta‘s syntonic temperament by combining a suite of well-known technologies whose mutual isomorphism were not previously recognized, including tonic solfa, the chromatic staff, the isomorphic keyboard, and the tonnetz.
I am leading research into the educational implications of Musica Facta, having just begun a Master’s by Research at the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia). My research will attempt to [dis]prove the hypothesis that “musical novices learn musical concepts ‘better’ using JIMS than using traditional technologies.”
I’d welcome your help! Among other things, I’d welcome assistance in extending existing open source music notation technology to support JIMS. I also need an expressive, JIMS-compatible iPhone/Android instrument — like Musix Pro (a fine app!) with the addition of expressive control through motion sensing.