[PD] Teaching Pd to Children

mark edward grimm mgrimm at syr.edu
Fri Jun 13 22:07:09 CEST 2008

Hi Kyle,

This is great! I have always thought PD was a great was to teach children the bridge between math and art....

I actually once gave my children (2 girls, 6 and 8 at the time) a brief PD tutorial and found them to be very creative and intuitive with the limited objects that I exposed them to.

I just showed them how to create objects, messages, bangs and number boxes and then how to patch them together - all through the menu, no key shortcuts. Then I gave them a few of the simplest object names (osc~, metro, random, dac~) and taught them a little randomization synth and how to create sounds with a number box + osc~.... all very simple stuff. Then I introduced the math objects (+, -, *, /) - nothing too fancy. And that was it for lesson One!

They played with this for a couple hours and built a really interesting patch that made some fun sound... they loved it and I found that with just a few simple tools children can really begin to experiment in different ways than we can - maybe they do not have the same institutional exposure of 'the right way' and 'the wrong way'? I have found that any method children can utilize to learn through personal exploration  and ENJOY learning is the 'right' way to learn...

After a bit you can see when they start to become a little bored and that is when you can begin to introduce new concepts and objects to keep their attention...

Worked for me!

This is just my personal case-study. It would be interesting if you documented your experiences in a research study maybe? PD and primary school education? It would be a good study for 'Studies in Art Education' or a similar education based journal....


mark edward grimm | m.f.a | ed.m


--- On Fri, 6/13/08, Kyle Klipowicz <kyleklip at gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Kyle Klipowicz <kyleklip at gmail.com>
> Subject: [PD] Teaching Pd to Children
> To: "PDlist" <pd-list at iem.at>
> Date: Friday, June 13, 2008, 2:30 PM
> Hello Listers~
> I'm teaching a 1 month Summer school session for K-8
> grade students and
> would like to include Pd for a mathematics learning tool. I
> am wondering if
> anyone else has done something similar, or has any links to
> DSP/math related
> materials that would be suitable for this age group. Also,
> if anyone is
> sharing their lesson plans for Pd beginners, I would love
> to see something
> that I might be able to adapt for my students.
> Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, as kids often hate
> Summer school and
> I want to make this a fun activity for them.
> ~Kyle
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