On Dec. 2-3, Depew music teacher Heather Lovelace presented a session on STEAM lessons in the music classroom at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) conference, covering grades K-12 general music and ensembles.
The session was sponsored by the state curriculum committee and was attended by the head of the curriculum committee. Two seniors, Haley Leach and Emily Adamczak, assisted with the presentation.
A wide variety of hands activities including sound experiments with ooblek and frequencies, sympathetic vibrations, and creating instruments with recycled materials were laid out for the teachers to explore. Following the sound and instrument sandbox experiments, Mrs. Lovelace discussed the major elements of a true STEAM lesson, the engineering process and how these elements can be incorporated into every music classroom, including student leadership, project-based learning, and the teacher acting as a facilitator instead of the central focus. All this took place in an hour.
Our new Digital class and lab was featured, as well as student projects and the start of their web-based portfolios. Mrs. Lovelace shared a Google folder of resources with those who attended and it was very well-received.