Seymour Papert describes how computers can be used to unleash children’s creativity, c. 1985

Seymour Papert describes how computers can be used to unleash children’s creativity, c. 1985


Seymour: For a long time I’ve dreamed that music should have a very different role in the lives of children and how they learn. It’s a strange fact about music that while we expect children to be creative in all other domains, we only expect them to reproduce other people’s creative work in music. We expect children to make their own drawings, write their own stories, compose their own poems. We don’t expect them to compose their own music. And this is a peculiar state of affairs which might be related to the nature of musical technology. With the computer as a musical instrument it becomes possible to create a piece of music and hear it independently of your own performance skill.

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