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CSCI 180 Homework 4

Assigned Date: Monday, Nov. 22, 2010
Due Date: Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010
Due Time: 8:45am

Last modified on November 22, 2010, at 08:59 AM (see updates)

This is a pair-programming assignment (i.e., you may work with one partner). You may discuss the assignment only with your partner or the instructor.


This assignment focuses on:

  • modularization (functions)
  • creating music with jMusic


Expand the provided functions.py with (your own) useful functions.

Create a new piece of music (similar to the provided blues.py) that generates a new (or existing) piece.

The emphasis is on developing useful functions that can help generate a musical piece easily and without repeated effort/code.


Follow the Golden Rule of Style: "A program should be as easy for a human being to read and understand as it is for a computer to execute." [1]

In general, you should comment any variable, obscure statement, block of code, etc. you create.

Additionally, your code should always include opening comments as follows:

#   Author:     Jane Smith and John Doe
#   Email:      <Your email address(es)>
#   Class:      CSCI 180, Section 1
#   Assignment: HMWK4
#   Due Date:   <The assignment's due date>
#   Certification of Authenticity <remove one of the following>:     
#      I certify that this lab is entirely my own work.
#      I certify that this lab is my own work, but I received
#      some assistance from:  <Name(s)>
#   Purpose: <Provide a simple, yet complete description of the task being
#         performed by this program. It may be several sentences long.>


You will submit your assignment via WebCT. Be prepared to demo your music to the rest of the class. Your submission consists of:

  1. Your Python files. Give them meaningful names.
  2. The MIDI file generated from your program(s).


Your grade will be based on how well you followed the above instructions, and the depth/quality of your work.


  1. Cooper, D. and Clancy, M. (1985) "Oh! Pascal", 2nd ed., W.W. Norton & Company, New York, p. 42.