Should Someone Develop a Sonic Pi Course on Kadenze?


As mentioned in my lengthy intro, Sonic Pi opened the door for me to learn diverse things.
Been using some material from the Kadenze course platform to appropriate some musicking environments (ChucK, Max, Reaktor…). Not that it’s groundbreaking pedagogy, but it’s a convenient way to get a bit of hands-on training.

Was going through the Kadenze course catalog and noticed a course on audio on the Raspberry Pi, but nothing on SPi. Mentioned that absence on Twitter and it sounds like they’d be interested in having this situation redressed.

Wonder if they approached @samaaron

Sounds to me like someone from in_thread could do a great job developing a course on that platform. Would allow more musickers to appropriate our favourite platform and contribute to its outreach. It could also bring deeper pedagogy to the “video and exercise” model of online educating.



I love Kadenze. Took the course on ChucK and am taking the one you linked to above as well as dabbling in several others. I think an SPi course on there would be a big hit. I would be happy to pitch in to help develop a course if the opportunity should ever arise.


You had me at ‘pedagogy’… mainly as I had to go look it up… :slight_smile:

Yeah… count me in too…



To be more specific, this can be about heutagogy! :wink:


@mrbombmusic @enkerli Jordan from Kadenze here. First of all, glad to hear that you guys are enjoying our courses. Honestly, we’d love to have a SPi course/Program on Kadenze - SPi is a fantastic platform and together we would certainly extend its outreach and inch closer toward its educational goals.


This one I had to look up :wink: . Will gladly help if I can!


@jordannatan HI Jordan. As you saw, there are some of us who would love to see a course like that on Kadenze. This would all obviously depend on the approval of @samaaron, who is currently very busy trying to obtain further funding to continue his work on Sonic Pi. But if he gives his blessing, I’m sure there would be several members of this in_thread community, including myself, who would be willing to contribute to the course’s development.

Please keep us in the loop should any developments be made.


Hi guys, just wanted to say I’d love to see a Sonic Pi course on Kadenze, I am active on there myself, mostly doing visual arts programming courses at the moment, but I am a music technology lecturer and very interested in live coding music. I am planning to teach Sonic Pi to my third year music technology students next academic year, and I would be happy to contribute to the development of the course.


In a way, this might be an occasion for a collaborative effort. Building a full course requires enough energy that many of us would hesitate before committing, without a good reason. And crowdsourcing projects require coordination. Yet, there are enough teachers in here that it could be fun to create something together, whether or not it complies with Kadenze formats and standards.


I agree. We can look to start organizing a place where people can start submitting ideas for important concepts, lesson or unit plans, sequencing of lessons and examples etc as well as an agreed upon format for how these lessons/tutorials should be presented in. We can also decide if this is something we want to format for a Kadenze class specifically or make it more open ended as a crowd sourced class for Sonic Pi made by members of the Sonic Pi community for members of the Sonic Pi community (and then maybe tweak it later on to fit Kadenze).

There was another thread where @kniknoo brought up the possibilities of creating intermediate tutorials which Sam seemed very open to. That might be a good starting off point.


I was gonna suggest that as a starter. Would be cool to move from there to a wiki so we can make it comprehensive after that.