We had the privilege to present our design at the SIGCHI 2014 student design competition in Toronto, Canada.
Maestro is designed to help novice conductors learn about
and reflect upon their hand gestures, body motions,
facial expressions, and eye-gazing directions to achieve
mastery of conducting more effectively. A conductor's
fundamental goal is to bring a written score to life. Our
design provides a space for conductors to practice and review with a
responsive, virtual orchestra.
Semi-finalist at the SIG CHI 2014 Student Design Competition.
Duration : 5 months
My roles :
Co-edited promo video
Co-authored extended abstract published here
Interviewed novice and professional conductors
Brain-stormed and sketched concepts
|Organizing a live orchestra on demand is expensive and unrealistic for most novice conductors.
||Solo practice does not optimally recreate a rehearsal experience that is necessary for self-reflection.
Methods used to generate dilemma and insights
- literature review
- observation of conductors in practice
- observation of graduate level conducting class
- interviews with four student conductors
- interview with a conducting professor
- interview with a music informatics professor
Low Fidelity Prototype test
During the development of our low fidelity prototype we tested our
system on four student conductors. Following the testing we dropped
some features that might be distracting like real time visual cues
and auto-correction system through the design evaluation.
Wizard of Oz testing
We conducted a Wizard-of-Oz test with our mid-level fidelity prototype
with one conductor. Using the projectors and touch screen tablet provided
to us by the Advanced Visualization Lab we were able to provide the conductor
a more realistic setting of MAESTRO.
The Final System Overview
- The MAES:TRO system provides the conductor with valuable
qualitative information to assist in learning and self-reflection even as a low fidelity prototype.
- Introduction of new technology within a tradition based music community may prove to be a challenge.
Extended ACM Abstract (pdf). Also can be accessed
Supplementary Materials (pdf)