Teaching a Computer to Sing – Jesse M. Heines and Daniel A. Walzer

Apr 5, 2018behavioural sciences, engineering and tech

As technology permeates more and more aspects of our daily lives, computer literacy and computer programming skills are more valuable than ever in the workplace. Professors Jesse Heines and Daniel Walzer of the University of Massachusetts Lowell are working at the intersection of music and technology to engage middle school students in learning computer programming by ‘Teaching a Computer to Sing’.

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