Tactile Teacher: Enhancing Traditional Piano Lessons with Tactile Instructions

Tactile Teacher is a pair of fingerless gloves that sense a piano teacher's finger tapping and actuates corresponding vibration motors on the student's glove. In this paper, we briefly introduce the gloves and report preliminary results from a user study with 13 subjects. The study shows that the system improves the playing accuracy of subjects without musical instrument experience by roughly 13%. However, no significant effects on the subjects with musical instrument experience were observed. We conclude the paper with future works and the potential impacts of Tactile Teacher on real-time active learning.


Richard Li, Yingyan Wang, Chih-Pin Hsiao, Nicholas Davis, James Hallam, and Ellen Do. 2016. Tactile Teacher: Enhancing Traditional Piano Lessons with Tactile Instructions. In Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing Companion (CSCW '16 Companion). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 329-332. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2818052.2869133

Chih-Pin Hsiao, Richard Li, Xinyan Yan, and Ellen Yi-Luen Do. 2015. Tactile Teacher: Sensing Finger Tapping in Piano Playing. In Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI '15). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 257-260. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2677199.2680554