Susan Riley | May 2015

STEAM through Thumb Pianos?

When was the last time you played with a Thumb Piano?

Probably way back in your elementary music class, right?  As a former music teacher, I had a ton of these things in my instrument closet. Along with, no idea how to use them effectively.

In today’s EducationCloset On-Demand episode, I’m sharing an incredible new way to use those old Thumb Pianos in a STEAM lesson.  This was shared with me by the brilliant Tim Gregory of Nada Brahma Productions.  Tim is a teaching artist. He spends much of his time traveling the world in search of the intricate connection between music, dance, art, theater and world cultures.  He also happens to be presenting at this summer’s online Arts Integration and STEAM Conference.

These thumb pianos look innocent enough, but Tim shares how to use the engineering, science and math processes to create these instruments for under $2.  All based in a STEAM-focused lesson, he’ll also share how to use the music that can be improvised on these as a tool for integrating across the curriculum.  Take a peek in the video below!

As shared in the video, Friday is the LAST DAY to save 15% off conference registration.  You’ll see sessions from Tim and so many others, and have access to all of them for a full year after the event.  Saturday, the conference fee moves to its regular price of $99, so be sure to register today to get the best deal possible!

About the Author

Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, STEAM, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter. Email Susan