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What place do you see for the arts within STEM education? With the proliferation of the term STEAM, how would this look if you were to incorporate the arts into your STEM curriculum? What big concepts can be covered within music and arts courses that can reinforce Science, technology, Engineering and Math curriculum beyond just learning songs to assist with memorization?

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Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Online Community Engagement Manager

Hi Dustin, welcome to the Edutopia community.

You ask some great questions, which I won't attempt to answer. I'll leave that to our community folks who more more familiar with arts integration. What I can do though is point you to some of the resources we have on the site, two in particular.

Last year, community member Kevin asked about the shift from STEM to STEAM, and an interesting discussion resulted:

We also have a STEM to STEAM section in our Arts Integration Resource Roundup here:

Hopefully these two resources will spur your thinking on the issue and trigger some interesting conversation here.

@creativityassoc's picture
Director, Education Division, Creativity & Associates

One big topic that could be covered in music class is technology. There is a great proliferation of technology to compose, record and play music. By focusing the class on both the technology and the music, you'll be integrating the two. Students will be able to learn the creative possibilities inherent in technology. This works with the arts as well. There are a great number of visual arts creation technology that can be explored through a visual arts class.

To make sure that the integration is strong, check out your school's or your district's technology curriculum. That way, you'll be sure to meet the standards in both math and technology.

I think the key to integration is making sure you meet your curricular goals, but being flexible about how you do it. If it works to integrate another set of curricular goals alongside yours, then the integration will be successful. And, it will probably also be a lot of fun. good luck! I would love to hear how and/or if any of the suggestions you found on Edutopia were helpful.

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USL Go Global
can make average students learn math and science 7-20+ times faster

Great question Dustin and a great response Samer.

It has been well-established that the arts, especially music.... structured music, reinforce and faciliate math or mathematical science learning and renovations.

I have been trying to trigger some massive education transformation and this is one of my top objectives.

Since I am brand new here, check out my relatively new website and objectives. If you are an art lover as well as STEM lovers, you may be pleasantly surprised by some of my crazy initiatives ; )

Some tangible examples on this issue is given here at ...

and if you are intrigued, explore the website as the first pilot study results are being updated.

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