The Arts: Band, Orchestra, Choir, and Art

The Arts Connection to STEAM Education

The New York Times wrote about adding the "Arts" into STEM education back in 2017.  Henry Fountain stated, 

 

Engineering and art were not always completely separate disciplines. Take Leonardo da Vinci, who seamlessly combined the two. 

 

“Five hundred years ago, you couldn’t really tell the difference between artists and engineers,” said James Michael Leake, director of engineering graphics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. But education has become balkanized and the field of engineering, in particular, more specialized, complex and math- and computer-oriented. Today’s engineering majors have little room for other pursuits. 

 

“Learning how to think like an engineer is very powerful,” said Domenico Grasso, provost at the University of Delaware. “But other disciplines also have very powerful approaches to thinking.” Mr. Grasso has long been a proponent of holistic engineering, the idea that through cross-disciplinary learning students will be better able to understand, and design for, the human condition.

In 2015 District Administration came out with an article, "Putting the “A” in STEAM: Blending arts into the sciences inspires creative thinking, problem-solving and innovation" by Matt Zalaznik .  He stated,

 

Injecting the arts into science, math, engineering and technology encourages students to think creatively and critically in traditional STEM subjects that, until the recent and widespread adoption of new standards, didn’t often encourage students to think outside the box.

 

“The A—the arts—makes everything else make sense,” says Superintendent Greg Little of Mt. Airy City Schools in North Carolina. “If we ignore the arts side, the creative side, we lose the soul of what we’re doing and the why of what we’re doing.”

 

"There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres."

 — Pythagoras

 

Counting, rhythm, scales, intervals, patterns, symbols, harmonies, time signatures, overtones, tone, pitch. The notations of composers and sounds made by musicians are connected to mathematics. 

 

Explore the connections between mathematics and music in the videospodcasts, and articles from the America Mathematical Society. 

Music and the Mathematics (STEAM) Connection

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