Category Archives: songwriting

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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Feedback: not just squealing noises from loudspeakers

Several years ago, in a sciencesongs listserv discussion of songwriting, Monty Harper wrote the following: It seems to me that often those folks most motivated to write science songs are science teachers, who understand the need for such things. There … Continue reading

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Music that reinforces the lyrics

When I give a guest presentation about music in science education — not a frequent occurrence, but it does happen — one of my favorite parts is to discuss how the music of a song can add special clarity and … Continue reading

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Noteflight: online software for composing and sharing musical scores

Here at UBEST headquarters, we have experimented with a vidiscript-based “Virtual Studio” for enabling online musical collaborations. This setup should allow users to share and comment upon audio or video files, perhaps representing works in progress, while giving them the … Continue reading

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I’ll take care of you…

In earlier posts (e.g., What rhymes with “RuBisCO”?) we mentioned a song created by Dave Nachmanoff and participants in the UC-Davis “Oak Discovery Day.” That song is now available on Dave’s website. It is called “I’ll Take Care of You … Continue reading

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What rhymes with “RuBisCO”?

Hello all! I’m back in Seattle after a great visit to UC-Davis to meet Wendy and other participants in the UBEST project. UBEST, by the way, is an acronym coined by Wendy. The general area of her NSF grant is … Continue reading

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