School of Music
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Making STEAM a Priority in a STEM-Oriented Society: Ideas for an Innovative and Inclusive University Curriculum

An art and a science, music engages the entire brain. We argue that music can serve as a vessel to connect and integrate STEM and STEAM learning. At our institution, we developed and included neuroscience and psychology-based courses in the general education and music curricula; student interest in these classes resulted in high enrollment, frequent offerings, and successful student outcomes. This paper will discuss the benefits reaped from the symbiotic relationship between Arts and Sciences.
Interdisciplinary courses combining music with psychology, neuroscience, and service learning can aid in understanding the symbiotic relationship between the Arts and Sciences and exemplify the importance of a STEAM-oriented education.

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