Bloom’s Taxonomy: Levels of Understanding

Let's add an envelope generator to our synthesizer below. This envelope will cause the volume of the sound from the oscillator to fade in gradually, sustain, and then drop off sharply. We'll use an ADSR envelope generator connected to the level input of our VCA:

 Included at this thought level are the processes of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

The following three cognitive levels are based on a modified version of Bloom’s taxonomy (Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, Bloom et al., 1956). Bloom's taxonomy describes six cognitive categories: Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation. For ease of classification, the six cognitive domains have been collapsed into three.


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Krathwohl and Bloom created a taxonomy for the affective domain that lists levels of commitment (indicating affect) from lowest to highest.

3. - Application refers to the ability to use learned material in new and concrete situations. This may include the application of such things as rules, methods, concepts, principles, laws, and theories. Learning outcomes in this area require a higher level of understanding than those of comprehension.


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There are some problems with our synthesizer design—not the least of which is that because we have no way of controlling the volume of the oscillator, our instrument is always making sound! In order to fix this problem, we need to add a module called a Voltage Controlled Amplifier, or VCA. The function of a VCA is to raise or lower the volume, often called or , of a signal. Essentially, a VCA is a volume knob. Oscillators and other sound generating modules are always making sound, and VCAs are what keep the level down when you're not playing.

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Synthesis Basics - Beau Sievers

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