Let’s keep the ‘A’ in ‘STEAM’: The importance of the arts in our schools

 

 

Did you know that a student involved in the arts is four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement? When you think about it, it makes sense — the arts not only teach kids to be creative, but it also teaches them collaboration, communication, and problem-solving skills. Not to mention stick-to-itiveness — it takes a lot of dedication to learn a new song, memorize a script, or visualize and complete an art project.

To Read more click the image above or Here.

Wichita Falls ISD teachers learn to boogie through math topics with STEAM training

 

 

 

The Bee Gees may not be what first comes to mind when you think of ways to incorporate technology and programming into an elementary curriculum.

But, Michael Olaya, co-founder and CEO of Dexter, showed teachers just how fun programming could be – all before ever approaching a computer.

 

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A Taste of Autumn

Come out and:

  • Sample food from local food vendors
  • Purchase gift cards and vouchers for gifts, stocking stuffers, or for a future trip to the restaurants you enjoyed the most!
  • Bid on silent auction items
  • Enjoy live music from The Jazz Daddies

Peruse the silent auction and bid on items like:

  • Sports Memorabilia
  • Music Memorabilia
  • Vacation Packages
  • Jewelry
  • Gift cards to local restaurants
  • Handmade baby quilt

… and more!

 

Admission is Free, but please register at Eventbrite so we know how many people to expect.

Register here

 

Partners:

 

 

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‘HALO’ Makes Art Out of Subatomic Particle Collisions at Art Basel

 

 

 

Image: The goal, Ruth Jarman says, is to “transcend the data so that it becomes something else” (Claudia Marcelloni/CERN)

HALO,” a 13-foot-tall, 33-foot-wide cylinder encircled with stretched-out piano strings that emulate the sounds of protons colliding, is simultaneously a goldmine of advanced scientific data and a transcendent experience designed to overwhelm the senses.  To read more click the image above or Here.  #education #technology #music #arts #STEAM

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!

 

On November 4, 2018, Texas Music Partners (TMP) is having their Taste of Autumn food tasting event and silent auction fundraiser and we are in need of about 20 volunteers to assist in order to make this event successful. The event will take place just south of the Mueller neighborhood, in East Austin, and will run from 6-9 PM. We have 90 minutes before and after the event to set-up, tear down and clean the venue, so we are recommending 2 shifts to accomplish this. The shifts run from 4:15-7:30 and from 7:15-10:30 with the option to volunteer for both shifts. If you are interested in helping out just click here or on the picture and fill out the volunteer form. Please help TMP fund our projects of putting the arts into STEM education and keeping central Texas a musical place for years to come!

 

How augmented reality will make street art come to life

 

 

One of the subjects of the massive mural in Miami, emblazoned on the exterior of a restaurant named R House, is Salvador Dali. With a surprised gaze, the surrealist looks on with a rainbow-checkered pattern across his face. The mural already looks bold and vibrant, much like the other works across the neighborhood. It’s not like every other mural, though. When an in-the-know passerby points their smartphone to the work the image becomes animated via augmented reality.  On the phone’s screen, the colorful blocks begin to be swept away, as though by the wind, revealing a black-and-white checkered underlayer. It’s in this grayscale scene that a butterfly with ultraviolet wings flits and rests on Dali’s cheek…. To read more (and see a video of this in action, click the image above or here.   #education #technology #music #arts #STEAM

Music Education Adapts to Technology and a Competitive Job Market

 

 

 

It’s not hard to see that music education may be waning. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, music teaching jobs are growing at 6 percent with a median annual salary of $50,110.

However, music education is more valuable than people may realize. Modern music teachers are striving to prepare their students for a more competitive job market and are also teaching them the value of leadership and cooperation.

To some, the music profession is a privilege rather than a chore. For music education senior Anna Wessels, teaching music is a selfless career.

 

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The divide between art and science

 

 

Educational funding in this country has always come with a narrative: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) is in crisis, and that’s what we hear in order to push funding toward new computers, new textbooks and better teachers for the sciences. This is all acceptable until you realize it’s pulling away from other departments, namely the Arts, that also require funding.  To read more click the image above or Here.

#education #technology #music #arts #STEAM

This Is Your Brain On Music

 

 

 

USC’s Dr. Assal Habibi has been studying the brains of 80 kids for five years in the hopes of answering the question: does studying music enhance brain function? We’ll soon find out.

 

To check out this interesting article, click here or on the picture.