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Grammy-Winning Percussionists Visit STEM School


It’s something these kids hear a lot - “STEM and music don’t go together.” If you take a step into the music room at the STEM School and Academy in Highlands Ranch, you’ll quickly realize that this place is different. “This school integrates the arts and the humanities,” observes long-time STEM advocate Bud Ahearn. “The same part of the brain that scientists use, musicians use.”

These students know that full well, but they were curious. How far can the integration of STEM and music take you? So they decided to ask some experts. The experts in this case are a percussion group from Notre Dame called Third Coast Percussion. Their combination of STEM and music earned them a Grammy. They took the time to listen to songs from the young musicians and answer questions about music and education.

Before long the percussionists joined in on a jam session with the students. “Music is about the science of sound,” said Ahearn shortly before music filled the classroom. Third Coast Percussion jams with STEM students.

The connection may not seem obvious - but it’s there. “Engineering students also have a very intense interest in music,” said Third Coast Percussion member Robert Dillon. The combination of STEM and music is exciting to many. “These are the leaders of the future who are whole - if I might describe them as such,” said Ahearn. “We haven’t seen anything yet. We’re just getting started.”


March 10, 2017 | By ccheline | Category: Schools

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