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What’s It Like?
For starters, Math Science Music is a great resource for music teachers looking for engaging tools to teach music theory and appreciation. The music cognition resources could also be an advocacy tool for music teachers trying to gather administrative support for their program. However, if it’s only music teachers who are using this resource, then the Math Science Music initiative is failing at its mission. The framework of this website, teaching STEM through music, makes this resource unique. Ideally math and science teachers will use this site to help them teach their standards, using music to show some real-world applications of mathematical or scientific concepts.
Pros: Interdisciplinary design boosts STEM and musical skills at the same time. Win-win.
Cons: Nontraditional site navigation without a menu and search function can make it difficult to locate resources.
Bottom line: Limited but quality content gives STEM teachers a new toolset for fostering engagement and understanding.