Faculty Advisor

Manzo, Vincent Joseph


Interactive technologies exist to help non-musicians acquire musicianship skills using software-based instruments. These systems are accessible to non-musicians allowing them to create music with greater ease than traditional instruments. However, one component of modern composition, the use of DAWs, still requires prior musicianship knowledge in order to operate. One goal of this project was to lessen the learning curve of a DAW for non-musicians. This was accomplished through the development of an integrated tutorial game system based on a review of the literature on interactive music systems and DAWs. After developing the prototype, students were surveyed for the purpose of feedback on the viability of our tool to assist DAW-based composition with ease.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

August 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts