Amanda X., Megan F., Katie S., Danya B.

Illuminote makes learning instruments more affordable and accessible than ever. It offers visual aid to its users, helping them learn from their own flute and not from a book or video. Illuminote allows you to physically see which notes you need to play on the flute by turning certain lights on to indicate which keys to press and changing as they are pushed down. Additionally, the user is also given careful instructions on their computer, instructing them how to play, when to play, and what note they are playing.

Learning music is extremely beneficial to the development of a child’s brain, but hiring a teacher can often be too much pressure and a financial commitment and at home instructionals such as books or videos are often confusing and unhelpful. Often times, people who want to learn how to the flute can feel pressured by lessons or teachers.

Illuminote provides an option to learn stress-free, at home without any commitment or pressure. Financially affordable and made for home use, the Illuminote offers a new way to learn music that has never before been made for the flute.

In order to implement Illuminote, we used C++ to code our Arduino, which is a microcontroller based kit for ​b​uilding digital devices and interactive objects that can sense and control the physical world.​First, we made sure to create fully functioning code that worked with the touch sensors and LEDs while still attached to the breadboard. From there, we had to get them off the breadboard by stripping wires and attaching them to the sensors and LEDs. After careful attachment and several rolls of electrical tape, we had a fully functioning flute with attached LEDs and touch sensors that enabled the user to learn new notes.

"With a few changes, this concept can be applied to many other wind instruments, such as the oboe, clarinet, or saxophone which will expand our marketability and increase our products potential."
— Amanda

Amanda X., Megan F., Katie S., and Danya B. were rising 11th and 12th Graders when they created their Robotics Project, Illuminote, in 2015.

This project was made by Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program students at Microsoft (Boston).