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a Band is Born: a digital learning game for Max/MSP“a Band is Born” is a musicians’ introduction to pro-gramming Max/MSP in the form of a digital learning game. The game world itself is implemented in Max so players are interacting with Max throughout gameplay episodes. The pedagogical underpinnings of the game in a learning context are presented. The game is briefly de-scribed, and evaluated using the Sig-Glue framework and anecdotal evidence. It is concluded that Max lends itself to construction play and constructivist learning, and that “a Band is Born” promotes the play-based learning traits of persistence and engagement which are desirable in effective novice programmers.