Category Archives: songwriting

Submit your educational statistics songs … STAT!

The United States Conference on Teaching Statistics, USCOTS, is held on odd years (in alternation with the Electronic Conference on Teaching Statistics, eCOTS, which occurs on even years). USCOTS is once again holding an “A-Mu-Sing” competition (mu being the Greek … Continue reading

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Shell #makethefuture music contest

From the Shell oil company comes the following STEM music contest…. Can you write a song that inspires others to #makethefuture better? If so, you could win $15,000! Shell challenges musicians to write an original song using creativity, talent and … Continue reading

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The first-ever Sing About Science podcast!

Fundamentally, music is an auditory channel of information, so podcasting about music is a logical thing to do. I have no special expertise in audio recording or producing, so I’ve been slow to attempt this, but today I present a … Continue reading

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Summer catch-up, part 3

This might not be a real trend, but it sure feels like one. Facilitating student science songwriting and performing is hard, and past efforts along these lines have seemed pretty intermittent and isolated. But a number of additional related projects … Continue reading

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Science songster interview #16: Jeremy Long

As someone who sees lots and lots of STEM music videos, I’m rarely surprised by new creations in this realm. But surprise is exactly what I felt upon discovering Prof. Jeremy Long’s 2nd annual Chemical Ecology Filmfest, in which teams … Continue reading

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Science songster interview #12: Monty Harper

Monty Harper’s 2010 album Songs From the Science Frontier is, in my opinion, one of the best science-themed albums of all time. I greatly enjoyed meeting Monty last month at his Stillwater, Oklahoma residence, but we had so much to … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a science song, part 2

One thing I didn’t emphasize in my previous “Anatomy of a science song” post is the importance of the revision process for me (and, I assume, for most other songwriters). Above is a partial draft of my just-completed song MTA, … Continue reading

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Links: The Rhymebosome (Tom McFadden) on the Krebs cycle and student songwriting

• Lord, save me from the Krebs cycle Did you understand what they were singing? In its friendly, unscary way, it’s just as dense as the diagram at the top of this post. Instead of being frightened and mystified, this … Continue reading

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Another songwriting contest!

We’ve mentioned the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s song contest over and over and over, so perhaps the Eco Arts contest deserves some space here too. As the website explains, Eco Arts is “an annual competition in six creative genres … Continue reading

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The anatomy of a science song

The basic challenge of the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s song contest is to convince kids that science is cool. But this begs the question: why exactly is science cool? My simplistic idea is that most people who like science … Continue reading

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