Presentation promotes songs, arts in STEM education

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PUTNEY — Rock In The Classroom Executive Director Jerry Appell will be presenting at the 2019 Voices Conference on Sunday, Sept. 22. Voices is a virtual symposium that brings together an international collection of educators who promote the use of song and visual art in STEM education. The presentation "Educational Songs for Older Learners" focuses on the benefits and challenges of integrating songs into STEM curriculum designed for college students and adult learners.

Rock In The Classroom is a non-profit organization based in Putney. Appell founded Rock In The Classroom in 2008 after receiving a grant from Antioch University in Keene, N.H., to produce a series of educational songs for high school and college students. Since then Rock In The Classroom has produced two CDs and dozens of music videos used by educators worldwide. College and high school curricula have included Rock In The Classroom videos as part of presentations on an array of topics ranging from mechanical force in physics to the role of women in American Literature. Through Rock In The Classroom Appell conducts workshops on educational songwriting and consults with schools on integrating the arts into content instruction. Rock In The Classroom is currently collaborating with therapist Holiday Eames on a series of songs about health, mindfulness, and self-care entitled Music Box Therapy.

For more information about the 2019 Voices Conference visit www.causeweb.org/voices

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