Capstone Project Title
Shelley Orr and Abby Rombalski
Research has shown that students who learn interdisciplinary content lessons in school have a better understanding of the interconnectedness of the world they are entering. This paper, and the resultant project, focus on the interconnectedness of science and the arts, eventually ecology and music, in order to teach students both scientific and musical concepts. The project was created using backwards design, in order to ensure students have long term learning outcomes that center both science and music. Students first experience the scientific process and reflect on the similarities between scientific inquiry and artistic processes. Students then explore ecosystems and music side by side in order to track change over time, follow energy and flow, and eventually compare variations of both ecosystem and music side by side. This project is intended to be carried out at an urban school in Minnesota, which already has a focus on the arts. It will reach about 130 seventh grade students each year once implemented.
Art Education, Interdisciplinary Teaching, Science, Inquiry
Hustad, Erin, "How Music can be Integrated Into Life Science Teaching in a way That Enhances Scientific and Musical Learning in Middle School" (2022). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 852.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects