Faculty Advisor

Manzo, V J


This project was conducted from the 15th of May to the 20th of August 2018. It focuses on the development of a composition tool for middle school students as an introduction to music theory. The tool was created in 3 steps: the interview and research stage, the creation stage, and the interviewed response stage. The result of the first stage determined the lack of development and accessibility to music programs in the United States. The second stage of development created a basic, 2 octave composition tool with 4 rhythm, 4 polyrhythm, and 2 melody lessons intended to teach the students the fundamental ideas behind counting rhythm, overlapping rhythms, creating keys, and creating chords. Stage three aimed to gain feedback from music educators for use in future versions of the project.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

August 2018

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts