Sheet music on a stand
Why Music?

Studying a musical instrument uniquely strengthens the brain. Whether you're an adult or a kid, playing music enhances your analytical and creative abilities.

Sheet music on a stand
How We Use Music

All Sound Curiosity groups center their activities around music. Most meet weekly. In addition to actually playing music, we also explore music theory and the cultural context.

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A student works a science experience with her tablet

The cognitive benefits derived from the study and performance of music are particularly useful to the exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Students use tuning forks and cups with a string to study the physics of sound
How We Explore STEM

During most weekly sessions, youth participants practice their music together, pausing for a short STEM-based activities that build up to a full-length STEM session once a month.

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Handbells on a table
Why Handbells?

Starting music studies with handbells and handchimes allows students to jump right into (and succeed with) fun musical lessons like rhythm, dynamics, team listening, and musical interpretation.

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Focus on Musicianship

While other instruments often frustrate new students with complicated techniques, handbells and handchimes don't distract from music lessons. They just work, and they sound right on the first swing.

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Students rehearse on handbells
Who Participates?

Sound Curiosity plans to offer programs for students in elementary through high school, as well as adult programs for novice and experienced musicians. Everyone benefits from learning an instrument.

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Who Volunteers?

Like other community organizations, Sound Curiosity relies on lots of volunteers to give guidance to youth participants. We train our awesome volunteers: No music experience required.

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Curiosity Wins in Urbana Middle School Program
“Their last [band] concert was two weeks ago so we needed to do something different for the sixth and seventh grade bands,” said Urbana Middle School band director Karen DeBauche.

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