Ride N' Rhythm, Bike as an Embodied Musical Instrument to Improve Music Perception for Young Children

04/07/2019
by   Weina Jin, et al.
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Music plays a crucial role in young children's development. Current research lacks the design of an interactive system for younger children that could generate dynamic music change in response to the children's body movement. In this paper, we present the design of bike as an embodied musical instrument for young children 2-5 years old to improve their music perception skills. In the Ride N' Rhythm prototype, the rider's body position maps to the music volume; and the speed of the bike maps to the tempo. The design of the prototype incorporates the Embodied Music Cognition theory and Dalcroze Eurhythmics pedagogy, and aims to internalize the 'intuitive' knowing and musical understanding via the combination of music and body movement.

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