The Bruce Arnold Foundation is proud to announce the creation of steam-education.org a website for musicians who are interested in exploring the relationship between hard science and music. The website is dedicated to enhancing the music learning process by teaching the important role science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) have in understanding and creating music. The connection between these different components inspired us to create STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
Technology has become a huge factor in the life of society as a whole; its impact on music follows suit. In recent years, the creation of music has been done increasingly through computer work and other digital audio workstations. Working digitally is now a basic necessity for most musicians. This high demand for digital knowledge in the music industry has led to an increase in music technology majors for college students. Many of a Music Technology major’s courses overlap with those courses taken by students studying hard sciences. Computer coding, digital signal processing, acoustics, and many other mathematical and sound related principles are just some of the skills students must acquire in order to create music via code.
Of course mathematics and the sciences have been the basic foundation for music from the start, from the rhythms of the earth to the humming of bees to the earliest drum patterns. The STEAM website will show students the interdependent relationship between these hard science elements and music that has always existed. It will prove that understanding the correspondence between music and STEAM is vital to a musician’s development.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to scroll down to the bottom of the steam-education.org website and let us know what you think. We hope that all artists will pursue this opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the various aspects of music in relation to STEAM.
Written by Sara Adeli