Faculty Advisor

Manzo, Vincent Joseph

Project Center

Worcester Community Project Center


There are many difficulties introduced when learning to play a musical instrument. Music-oriented video games may be viable alternatives to composing with traditional musical instruments. This study suggests a link between the interests of those who play music video games and those interested in musical instruments. Video games can interest players, and are conducive to supporting the learning of presented concepts. Few games on the market teach musical concepts. We explored the value of music video games as a guideline toward developing our own music game prototype. This prototype eased self-directed musicianship by presenting basic music concepts and teaching them in an informal way. We then proceeded to create a survey to test the prototype’s validity with musicians and non-musicians.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2014

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

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