Math Science & Music
For Herbie Hancock, the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, inspiring young people to learn about math and science through music has been a life-long dream. For him, there is a profound connection across the disciplines and a way to ignite passion for challenging concepts through music. This was the foundation of the project of Math, Science and Music.
In 2016, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz began the first phase of Math, Science & Music, a new initiative that uses music as a tool to teach math and science to young people in public and private schools around the world. The program addresses the growing need for students to gain skills and acquire knowledge in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects and learn to think creatively. The Institute is collaborating with math, science, music and education experts at leading universities and in the private sector to develop a wealth of free engaging curricula, games, apps and other interactive online components.
On April 26, 2016, the Institute officially launched Math, Science & Music with a panel discussion at the U.S. Department of Education. Secretary of Education John King hosted the event with representatives from all of the Institute’s university teams contributing to Math, Science & Music. This event allowed educators and the public to preview initial portions of the curricula that were recently field tested in the Boston and San Francisco public schools, and experience firsthand these new and unique online resources. The free Math, Science & Music web site went live as the panel discussion began.
Targeted STEM Learning
Studies show that the most crucial years to engage students in STEM learning are grades 4-8. If students begin STEM studies in these early years, they are more likely to continue on this path. Based on this premise, the primary target audience for Math, Science & Music is grades 4-8. There also will be supplemental curricula that prepare students in grades K-3 for future immersion into the Math Science & Music program, as well as other STEM studies. Additionally, there will be supplemental materials for high school and college students to provide them with sequential learning.
MathScienceMusic.org serves as an exciting and engaging repository of free, interactive tools for learning STEM subjects through music, and will prepare students for a world where technological skills are a necessity and an essential part of life.