Immersive Learning Classes

One of the distinctive features of the Ball State University program is its immersive learning program, where student-driven projects solve problems and deliver products for community partners.

The MMP program has an ongoing immersive learning class called The Scene where students travel around the region recording live shows, interviewing musicians, and then returning to Indiana Public Radio to edit and mix the content to produce radio programs.

 

In the spring of 2016 we had two special projects, one developing a documentary for the Hastings Piano Competition, and a series of 12 educational videos for Conn-Selmer's website.

In November 2015, the Ball State School of Music hosted the North American Preliminary Round of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. The Preliminary Round took place over three days and attracted some of the finest pianists from across the country and Canada.
Conn-Selmer, the largest manufacturer of musical instruments in the United States, is developing a website to provide continuing education for music teachers. This immersive learning project partnered with them to create new content which will feature Ball State's School of Music faculty and students demonstrating techniques on a variety of instruments.

In the fall of 2016 we are offering a course in Virtual Instrument Design where students will be sampling Sursa Hall's Hamburg Steinway, pipe organ, and the carillon, jazz choir, and other sources to create full-blown plugins for digital audio workstations.

Four instruments developed by the course's professor, Christoph Thompson using Reaktor

Four instruments developed by the course's professor, Christoph Thompson using Reaktor