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Coding the Sounds of Music (with TI-Nspire CXII Python)

Students will explore creating sounds and music with the TI-Innovator Hub while exploring introductory coding concepts and the science of speakers, microphones and human hearing.

Uitgever: Texas Instruments Inc.

Onderwerp:  Programmeren  STEM

Tags  Coderen ,  Elektromagnetisme ,  Frequentie ,  Programmeren ,  Python ,  Sound ,  STEM ,  TI-Innovator

Coding the Sounds of Music

Students will code a Python program to play a song on the TI-Innnovator Hub.

Students will learn about music and the science concepts behind playing and hearing digital music.


Students will engage with the following concepts:

Science of sound and hearing

Science of speakers and microphones

Music concepts




Coding of sounds and musical notes 


Project Versions

See different versions of the project to fit your schedule.

[S] STEM and coding full version (~4 hours of class time) (download .pdf file Copy-Paste links to make assignments)

[C] Coding focused version (~3 hours of class time) (download .pdf file Copy-Paste links to make assignments)

[Q] Quick version (~90 minutes of class time)  (download .pdf file Copy-Paste links to make assignments)


Getting Ready

Download Student Files

Coding the Sounds of Music Student (download .tns file)

Student Handout: Coding the Sounds of Music (download .pdf file)

Python Syntax Quick Reference for Coding Music project (download .pdf file)


Doing the Project

Getting Started

1.[S][C][Q] Learn about the TI-Nspire CXII calculator (watch video ~6 min)

2.[S] (optional) Write your first Python program on the TI-Nspire CXII (watch video ~12 min)


Interested in exploring more Python?

Check out the TI 10 Minutes of Code for Python lessons. (web link)


Coding the Sounds of Music

[S][C][Q] Getting Ready: Name that Tune (watch video ~11 min)

[S][C] Science/Music Activity 1: How does a violin make sound? (watch video ~11 min)

[S][C][Q] Coding Challenge 1:  Coding Boop (watch video ~9 min)

[S] (optional)  Explore More: How does a speaker work? (watch video ~16 min)

[S][C][Q] Coding Challenge 2: Range of human hearing (watch video ~11 min)

[S] (optional)  Explore More: How does the human ear work? (watch video ~7 min)

[S] (optional)  Explore More: How does a microphone work? (watch video ~ 10 min)

[S][C] Science/Music Activity 2: The Metronome and Tempo (watch video ~10 min)

[S][C] Coding Challenge 3: Calculating Tempo (watch video ~18 min)

[S][C][Q] Science/Music Activity 3: Duration of a Note (watch video ~8 min)

[S][C][Q] Coding Challenge 4: Coding Notes (watch video ~12 min)

[S][C][Q] Coding Challenge 5: Frequency of Notes (watch video ~11 min)

[S][C] Coding Challenge 6: Reading Notes (watch video ~12 min)

[S][C] Coding Challenge 7: Do-Re-Mi (watch video ~8 min)

[S][C][Q] Coding Challenge 8: Sound Effects (watch video ~5 min)

[S][C][Q] Science/Music Activity 4: Playing Twinkle (watch video ~4 min)

[S][C][Q] Coding Challenge 9: Coding Twinkle (watch video ~12 min)

[S] (optional) Coding Challenge 10: Play it Again, Sam (watch video ~15 min)



All Teacher and Student files zipped (download .zip file)


Teacher Files 

Teacher TI-Nspire Files (with example solution programs)

Coding the Sounds of Music Teacher TI-Nspire (download .tns file)


Student Files

Coding the Sounds of Music  Student TI-Nspire (download .tns file)



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