Scratch Jazz

I proposed and lead the Scratch Jazz project, sponsored by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, to help kids in the Scratch community combine coding and music. We added new musical instrument samples and music loops to the Scratch sound library, and created a new tutorial that shows Scratchers how to incorporate music into their projects. We also set up an online Scratch Design Studio, coinciding with International Jazz Day, that inspired hundreds of musical projects. These included musical puzzles and platform games, animated bands made up of musical bugs and aliens, melody generators, simulated instruments, sequencers, drum sets, dance parties, and lots more.

Scratch Jazz was part of the Math, Science, and Music initiative from the Monk Institute, which sponsored several projects that developed educational resources for kindergarten through college level. I presented it at a press conference  at the US Department of Education, where Legendary jazz pianist and chairman of the Monk Institute Herbie Hancock and US Secretary of Education John King Jr. announced the initiative.      

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