STEAM Education

In Rhode Island, a coalition exists to promote the intersection of art and design with math and science education. Robin Bronk, CEO of the Creative Coalition, is trying to ensure that arts education play a role in a well-rounded curriculum. In fact, there...

The STEAM Camps Are Coming

It's early in the new year but educators across the country are already making plans for the summer and they are thinking STEAM...

TEDxDelft – Theo Jansen – A new breed of beach animals

Theo Jansen is a Dutch artist and kinetic sculptor. He builds large works which resemble skeletons of animals that are able to walk using the wind on the beaches of the Netherlands. His animated works are a fusion of art and engineering; in a car...

Striking a Major Chord With Minors

A local program restores music education from flat to natural, By Christine Pasalo
Article printed in San Diego Magazine
Opus scholarship gala with students from Otay and Lauderbach Elementary, Oak Park Percussion Ensemble, the Balboa Park Core Chamber Ensemble

A PETTING ZOO FOR… musical instruments? Yep, you read that right. When music students in the Community Opus Project participate in a local event, they man a “petting zoo.” Violins, cellos, and other instruments replace farm animals, and students invite other children and adults to learn how to play.

It’s all part of the program at Opus.

Launched in 2010, the San Diego Youth Symphony (SDYS) sought to make music education available and accessible to all students in San Diego County. This school year, Opus will benefit 250 students from Otay, Lauderbach, Rice, Harborside, Rosebank, and Vista Square Elementary Schools.

“A lot of students don’t have a pathway to music,” says Dalouge Smith, president and CEO of SDYS. “They don’t have music in their schools. They can’t afford private lessons. There’s no route for them to get to the stage.”

SDYS is carving the path. It raises funds at the local, state, and national levels and brings the Community Opus Project to musically underserved communities. Students enrolled in the program get new instruments and instruction for free.

Inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela’s music program, Opus instruction includes learning to play one’s selected string, wind, or brass instrument, music theory, singing, art, and playing as an ensemble. Students are also encouraged to teach each other… and their parents.

Balboa Park centennial STEAMing ahead

With less than three years to go, the centennial of Balboa Park's 1915 world's fair is literally STEAMing ahead. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math and it's one of the big ideas party planners are toying with for the year-long blowout in 2015. It's...

The Art and Design Legacy of the Apple CEO

The book by Walter Isaacson about Steve Jobs, former CEO and founder of Apple Computer, has now sold over one million copies. After talking with many of Steve's colleagues, Issacson discovered that to Steve, "You were either [a shithead or a hero], one or the...

Arts & Culture in San Diego: Will You Join the Party?

Whether talking about the upcoming Balboa Park centennial, the I.D.E.A. district or a particular museum exhibition, IMPACT attendees couldn’t helped but be moved. After all, being a San Diegan is about more than where we live and work. It’s about where we play and enjoy...

Education Evolution

Welcome to edevolution, a video project thought of and created by G/T middle students in the Dallas/Fort Worth area...