Sound Curiosity™

#BuildingBetterBrains with Music+STEM
in Champaign County, Illinois

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“Great to see all the kids focused on working together to make ... shockingly lovely music.”
— 6th Grade Parent

We use fun team activities, music, and science to help kids (and adults) grow.
Daniel M. Reck
Daniel M. Reck, M.S.Ed.
Director of Sound Curiosity

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Why Music?
Studying a musical instrument uniquely strengthens the brain. Whether you're an adult or a kid, playing music enhances your analytical and creative abilities.
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How We Use Music
All Sound Curiosity groups center their activities around music. Most meet weekly. In addition to actually playing music, we also explore music theory and the cultural context.
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The cognitive benefits derived from the study of music are particularly useful to the exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
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How We Explore STEM
During most weekly sessions, youth participants practice their music together, pausing for a short STEM-based activities that build up to a full-length STEM session once a month.
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Why Handbells?
Starting music studies with handbells and handchimes allows students to jump right into (and succeed with) fun musical lessons like rhythm, dynamics, team listening, and musical interpretation.
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Focus on Musicianship
While other instruments often frustrate new students with complicated techniques, handbells and handchimes don't distract from music lessons. They just work, and they sound right on the first swing.
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Who Participates?
Sound Curiosity plans to offer programs for students in elementary through high school, as well as adult programs for novice and experienced musicians. Everyone benefits from learning an instrument.
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Who Volunteers?
Like other community organizations, Sound Curiosity relies on lots of volunteers to give guidance to youth participants. We train our awesome volunteers: No music experience required.
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