Music and coding as an approach to a broad-based computational literacy

Michael S. Horn*, Amartya Banerjee, Melanie West

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter takes up two questions related to science learning in the twenty-first century. How do we develop broad-based computational literacy skills for the next generation of learners? And, how do we do that in a way that engages diverse learners whose voices have been historically marginalized in computing fields? To think about these questions, we provide a case study of student learning around music and coding in the context of a middle school summer camp. We reflect on the process through which multiple literacies (music as a literacy and computational literacy) shape student learning, creative expression, and engagement. We propose that developing computational literacy skills for the purposes of science might best be accomplished through a long-term, multidisciplinary approach in which students engage in many kinds of activities for diverse purposes, including that of personal creative expression. Music, in turn, provides a particularly rich context through which to explore concepts of computer programming.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Educational Technology
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages15
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Educational Technology
ISSN (Print)2196-4963
ISSN (Electronic)2196-4971

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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