TROY’s music department seeing AI creep into classrooms

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — It’s no secret that artificial intelligence, also known as AI, is taking the world by storm.

It’s even affecting students in the Troy University music department.

Some composers use computer programs to essentially transcribe their music for them.

“When a composer or arranger is entering music into a music printing program, depending on which program it is and how it’s set up, the music can manifest in different ways,” said professor of clarinet Timothy Phillips.

However, these programs can sometimes make it difficult to read the music. Though these programs can be useful for composers, they aren’t foolproof.

“It kind of guesses what configuration of notes that you want,” Phillips explained.

Phillips says that you can write notes in different ways, and some of the ways that these computer programs write the notes make them difficult to read and understand.

“Sometimes they’re in awkward ways that you don’t see so much as a musician,” he said.

Phillips says he often sees students struggling to read music that has been transcribed by AI.

“They come in here with music that’s been generated this way by the composer with good intentions, and the composer hasn’t made edits, and then they come in here and they’re struggling to play it because it doesn’t look like most of the music that we’re traditionally used to looking at,” he said.

Phillips says composers should be going back and making edits to music that is generated in this way, so that it is easier for musicians to understand.