Last year, officials at the Montour school district in western Pennsylvania approached band director Cyndi Mancini with an idea: How about using artificial intelligence to teach music?
Mancini was skeptical.
“As soon as I heard AI, I had this panic,” she said. “All I thought about were these crazy robots that can think for themselves.”
There were no robots. Just a web application that uses AI to build original instrumental tracks from a library of prerecorded samples after a user selects a few parameters.
Equipped with Chromebooks, Mancini’s students could program mood and genre, manipulate the tempo or key,