A Pitch Class Set calculator. You can enter a series of notes and the calculator will give you the cardinality, the proto-primer and inverted form, the Forte-prime and name, the interval vector and more. You can also enter two different sets and it will find out their relations if any. Unless you like dealing with the complexities of pc sets, you will find this tool very useful.
Type of Material:
An interactive calculator.
This calculator has only minimal explanations for it use and how it's application would be relevant to a student learning serial composition techniques. This calculator requires an explanation for the user. It would be recommended as a tool to complement classroom and online instruction by a teacher.
This learning object may be used on any computer with a browser.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
This learning object may be used to calculate and check on the various set transformations a composer might use in a serial composition. Students taking a course in serial composition could use this object to quickly and easily check their own calculations in learning how the various set permutations are related to one another.
Target Student Population:
The recommended target student population is upper level college and conservatory music students as well as graduate music students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
You must understand Pitch Class Set theory in order to use this tool.
The content of this learning object is accurate and clearly expressed. Clear instructions on how to use it. Well designed interface.
The lack of explanation of the content is a concern. A student who is not guided by a teacher would have a difficult time understanding the calculations this learning object offers.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The strength of this learning object is that it is a specific and clear tool for calculating the permutations and relationship of two serial tone rows. This calculator will save you from doing heavy, error prone calculations. The ability to find relations between different collections of notes is a big time saver.
The lack of explanation is a concern. A student who is not guided by a teacher would have a difficult time understanding the calculations this learning object offers.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This learning object is easy to use. The user interface is simple and direct. Instructions on how to use it are clear.
If you don't have an idea of pc class sets, this is not the place to start. You need to know the theory to use it.
Other Issues and Comments:
There are no other issues of concern with this object.
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