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Live Coding and Teaching SuperCollider

Collins, Nick

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SuperCollider (SC) is a highly customizable programming language for music; live coding is the dynamic rewriting of a computer program as a concert or exploratory act. Learning sessions on SC can make ready use of live coding techniques, with many interesting musical possibilities, and this article explores the author’s twelve years of SC teaching. Contexts include SC workshops for adults, undergraduate computer music classes, and widening participation of creative coding sampler sessions for 11–13-year olds. The article is a personal reflection on pedagogy, which can provide ideas for live coding and computer music teaching across a range of audiences.


Collins, N. (2016). Live Coding and Teaching SuperCollider. Journal of Music, Technology & Education, 9(1), 5-16.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 8, 2016
Online Publication Date May 1, 2016
Publication Date May 1, 2016
Deposit Date Mar 8, 2016
Publicly Available Date May 1, 2017
Journal Journal of Music, Technology and Education
Print ISSN 1752-7066
Electronic ISSN 1752-7074
Publisher Intellect
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 1
Pages 5-16


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