I'm new here and wanted to post about a workshop I'm running at CrashSpace, a Los Angeles hackerspace.
We're going to be covering Arduino basics and pd basics (maybe also some Max/MSP, depending on demand), and by the end of the workshop, you'll have built a musical instrument using an Arduino and a handful of sensors.
It's a two-day intensive course, so you won't become an expert in either pd or arduino, but you should learn enough to be comfortable exploring your own musical instrument designs.
Link in the following post since this is my first post and the forum's spam protection won't let me post a link. (Genius idea, by the way).