2016 Seed Grant for Promoting Pedagogical Innovation

Digital Music Notation with Auto-Grading and Immediate Feedback


Music notation is a standardized form of communicating musical concepts, and many musical concepts cannot be communicated without notation. This project is intended to develop a proof-of-concept for a digital assignment workflow involving music notation. Currently, music can be written in software (or even with online tools), but must be graded manually. Additionally, existing software — targeting composers instead of educators — is unable to distinguish questions from answers. The software developed in this project will accept input in the form of music notation, distinguish student-created answers from correct answers, and automatically grade these answers without manual intervention.


  • Richard Plotkin
    Department of Music