alright... since no one responded to my post so far, i continued to research ways to do this... so far, i found this page which elaborates on how to set up the arduino for midi signals being sent through the serial USB connection...https://sites.google.com/site/bharatbhushankonka/home/diy-midi-over-usb-using-arduino-uno
with that, i was able to set up the arduino to send the midi signals...
also, I've found a good page for getting the IR signals from infra red remote controls to use with the arduino...http://www.arcfn.com/2009/08/multi-protocol-infrared-remote-library.html
now that i have these, i am sure that it is possible to get the IR signals to use with the arduino...
what i should be asking at this point is how do i have it so that when a certain IR signal comes in, a MIDI output is sent through the serial connection.
I'll look elsewhere on the forum and online for an answer in the meantime, but any help would be appreciated.