Jazz Artist and Education Secretary Launch Math, Science, and Music Toolkit

Just days before International Jazz Day, the Math, Science & Music initiative, a free online toolkit, was launched by Education Secretary John B. King and Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Herbie Hancock on April 26, reports POLITICO Pro.

This new curriculum was developed by professors and uses music to teach math and science in the classroom and offers resources to students from kindergarten through college. The initiative is a collaboration between the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and New York University’s Music Experience Design Lab.

“Particularly over the last few years, the conversation about English and math and closing gaps … has led some to make the mistaken conclusion that what we need to do close those gaps is to do less science, less social studies, less arts,” King said at the National Library of Education. “That’s exactly backwards.”

King also emphasized how arts education is closely linked to better performance across subjects and the Math, Science & Music initiative supports his efforts to broaden the definition of educational excellence.

Source: POLITICO Pro