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Chancellor's Report: 2009-2010 Milestones
As local students learned during the 2009 UBEATS camp, music can be found anywhere. Here, with just some fishing line and pegs, the entire baseball dugout at Gateway Research Park becomes a giant resonating instrument known as a Japanese koto.

As local students learned during the 2009 UBEATS camp, music can be found anywhere. Here, with just some fishing line and pegs, the entire baseball dugout at Gateway Research Park becomes a giant resonating instrument known as a Japanese koto.

School of Music research creates a positive impact for public school teachers and their students

UNCG’s School of Music has long been recognized as one of the top music institutions in the state. With the establishment of the Music Research Institute in 2004, the school’s reputation for conducting significant cross-disciplinary research is garnering increasing attention as well. In 2009, two projects in particular called attention to the important role of BioMusic programs in public school education.

Wired for Music inspired sixth-to-eighth graders to explore the science of music research through an array of rock, rap, jazz and classical music. They later made presentations at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences about their findings. The program was set up in an after-school setting for students at High Point’s Ferndale Middle School, a Title One School. Workshops were led by a UNCG PhD music candidate and a UNCG alumna teaching science. Funding came from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Burroughs-Welcome Fund and the NC Center for Science and Math.

UBEATS (Universal BioMusic Education Achievement Tier in Science) is a 2.5-year curriculum development project that focuses on the science of music for elementary grades 2 to 5. Two teams of in-service educators comprised of science and music teachers developed innovative modules for upper and lower elementary grades that conform to national science and music standards. In July 2009, UNCG hosted a UBEATS Summer Institute for 20 teachers and 25 students to introduce the curriculum and to launch a UBEATS Teacher Cohort in Guilford County Schools and surrounding school districts.