[IAEP] Tam Tam Mini Progress and User Manual Update

Walter Bender walter.bender at gmail.com
Wed Mar 7 16:37:56 EST 2012

On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 2:06 PM, Caryl Bigenho <cbigenho at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Hi All!
> I'm happy to say I have finally gotten back to work on my "Fun With Tam Tam
> Mini" FLOSS manual after a hiatus (a So Cal word from the "industry")
> brought on by all sorts of holiday and family distractions.  There are a
> number of other, unrelated, things folks have asked me to work on now, but I
> figure if I don't get this done first, it will never get done.  So…
> I am currently working on learning to use the free Finale Notepad software
> to generate simple samples of all the musical examples in the manual, put
> into standard musical notation. This was suggested by my middle- schooler,
> violinist, granddaughter when she reviewed the draft, way back in November.
> I remember how those musicians among you who tried Tam Tam in my
> mini-workshop at the SF summit found it confusing because you were used to
> reading notes.  I also found this with some second and third graders I
> worked with in Montana who have had some music lessons.  So… it will be
> there for those who need it in a special Appendix.  So far, I have done a
> one octave C Major scale... woo-hoo!
> I still will need to do some screen shots, but that should be fairly easy.
> ***(Important) As soon as I finish the manual I will take excerpts and put
> them into the new FLOSS manual update as a Tam Tam Mini chapter. I am hoping
> someone will decide on the guidelines for these Activity chapters.  There
> should be a limit on the maximum number of pages for any single Activity so
> we don't end up with any one being extremely long.  We should ask folks to
> include enough information for users to successfully begin to use the
> Activity and then refer them to more information elsewhere (wiki, FLOSS
> manual, web site, etc).

I think we can have individual manuals for each activity along with a
short 1-2 pages in a collective manual for Sugar activities as a

> I'll let you know when "Fun With Tam Tam Mini" is finished and ready for a
> final review.  I know there are several of you interested in using this in
> some of your deployments so… just a little more time and it should be ready!
> Grannie B (MA MusicEd)
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Walter Bender
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