This year I made the decision to switch my curriculum from Garageband which I have done for the past 3 years to Sonic Pi. I have only been learning to code from a little less than a year and only started working with Sonic Pi over the summer. But I recognize the power and possibilities that exist as well as the benefits to learning coding along with music, so I decided to just go for it and see what happens. My administration has been supportive of me taking risks, so I knew they would have my back (and quite frankly don’t really care that much about what I do).
Since this is a new experience for me and also a new platform that is starting to find footing in more schools around the world, I want to document my experience and share it with others. This forum seems like a good place to start. I’m not sure how things are going to progress, so I don’t know how I’ll format everything. I’ll try to post each week, although I am already 4 weeks in so I’ll be playing catch up for a little while and will probably get behind throughout the year. Sometimes it will be anecdotal, sometimes more about what I felt worked or didn’t work and how I could improve for the future.
I am teaching 3 sections so hopefully I can make some refinements in a given lesson by the time I teach it 3 times. I will share whatever resources I come up with. A lot of what I will do will be built around ways that I teach music, so they might not work for everyone. But I welcome questions, comments, insight, recommendations, constructive criticism etc. I have already found the Sonic Pi community to be very supportive and motivated, so I just want to feel like I can contribute to it.