ASU Music Ed Alumn Awarded STEAM grant!

Congratulations to ASU Music Education Alumn, Abbie Van Klompenberg (MM ’11) on being awarded the “Growing in SC: The Future of STEAM is Here” Grant from South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science/STEM Centers SC.

The Future of STEAM is Here grant provides $2,500 worth of classroom materials and $1,500 in professional development. Abbie’s fourth and fifth-grade students will learn about sound engineering and work with professional music producer mentors. 

Abbie is not only a graduate of the ASU Music Education program but a long-time CITME partner with experience supporting students’ music learning and engagement with technology. Learn more about one of our prior collaborations addressing digital and participatory cultures in Abbie’s music program


Collaboration with The Leading Tone and Vista College Prep

Developing and Facilitating a Digital Music Program for The Leading Tone and Vista College Prep

CITME is proud to launch a collaboration with community music organization, The Leading Tone, and Vista College Prep to develop an after-school digital music program. The program will be facilitated by ASU music education students in collaboration with The Leading Tone’s music teaching and youth development team. 

The program was recently launched after a planning period to address the specific context of the physical place of the program and youth who will be engaging with the project. We assisted with conceptualizing the program in connection with The Leading Tone’s youth development principles and proposing how funding for resources should be allocated.

CITME and ASU Music education students and faculty are currently applying their expertise to develop curriculum and project plans for the program as well as working as part of the team. 

This is an exciting project that has a direct benefit for all involved, particularly the youth of Vista College Prep, who will now have access to rich and high-quality music education. 


CITME Supports the We Are All Musical project at Spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity

CITME recently played a role in supporting the We Are All Musical project at Spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity. We Are All Musical, a project curated by Evan Tobias, aimed to provide Spark! festival attendees with numerous opportunities to realize their musical potential. 

We Are All Musical included the following opportunities:

Drum Village – People engaged in drum circles of varied musical styles throughout Spark!

Digital Music and Push Playground – People used Ableton Live, Ableton Push units, a Novation Circuit and other instruments to create, perform, and share music in a supportive environment 

STEAM Space – People designed and played music with instruments, created music by coding and programming, and engaged with interactive musical art by combining science, technology, arts, and math. 

Musical Garden – Young children and their family members played and expressed themselves through music

Make Mobile Music – People explored how they could be musical with mobile devices and music apps

The Jam Lounge – People jammed with others using electronic instruments and iPad apps

Make Hip Hop – People learned how to make beats, write rhymes and MC, and DJ with local Hip Hop group, Shining Soul

CITME supported several of these aspects of We Are All Musical by facilitating people’s engagement and developing or sharing resources for people to learn more and extend their engagement after the Spark! festival.

Learn more about We Are All Musical @ Spark! 2017

Learn more about Spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity 2017

Explore CITME’s initiatives around STEAM, Maker Culture, and music

Explore some of CITME’s resources for connecting STEAM, music, engagement, and learning


Discussion of music education and connected learning with EdTechTalk

CITME director, Evan Tobias recently joined Paul Allison and Christina Cantrill from the National Writing Project on EdTechTalk’s Teachers Teaching Teachers to discuss issues around music education, connected learning, and the Sound Explorations project for the 6th Digital Media and Learning Competition. Paul and Allison are fellow grant awardees for the NWP’s Sandboxes for Learning project so the conversation addressed some of the opportunities and challenges around designing Connected Learning Playlists. Evan also shared some of the Sound Exploration team’s approaches to designing the music learning playlists along with some draft “learning experiences” (XPs) to explain design decisions. Check out the conversation below:

OME Marathon Concert & Meet the Audience

CITME partner and local new music presenter, Oh My Ears (OME), will be hosting the 4th Annual Oh My Ears (OME) Marathon Concert this January 28th from 12:00 pm – 1o:00 pm.

This is no ordinary concert. OME is fantastic at integrating aspects of participatory culture as part of its concert ethic, including it’s unique Meet the Audience component, including an opportunity to submit audio recordings and sound samples that can be used to create music at the event itself. The OME Marathon will include 10 hours of new music performances and musically engaging experiences.

WHEN: Jan 28th, 2017, 12:00 pm-10:00pm

WHERE: Mesa Arts Center, Nesbitt-Elliott Playhouse
1 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201

TICKETS: $20 regular, $15 student (bring ID), Ages 15 and under FREE

Local raffle by Tuft and Needle

The 2017 OME Marathon Concert, featuring local and national ensembles, composers and performers, to be held at the Mesa Arts Center on January 28th, 2017. OME is thrilled to be bringing some of the most interesting and talented musicians from Phoenix and around the country to share with our hometown audiences. 2017 will be our most ambitious concert yet and will also feature engaging opportunities such as Musical Maps and Meet the Audience.

OME is a non-profit organization born out of a love for new music and a desire to create community connection through musically engaging experiences since the spring of 2014. Their annual OME Marathon concert has been called “nothing short of extraordinary,” and is a cornerstone event for the city’s burgeoning new music community

Check out the Oh My Ears website
Michael Ferraro and Elizabeth Kennedy Bayer

Elizabeth Kennedy Bayer, founder/co-director 979-236-7589

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Twitter & Instagram: @ohmyearsmusic

Sound Explorations: Developing Connected Music Learning Playlists

The Sound Explorations project, led by the Consortium for Innovation and Transformation in Music Education at Arizona State University, is in the process of developing six connected music learning playlists organized around the following themes:

  • Building instruments and interfaces:
  • Coding and programming music
  • Connecting music and culture
  • Jamming: Solo and Groups
  • Making beats
  • Producing original music

Sound Explorations: Creating, Expressing, and Improving Communities, the full title of our project, gives a sense of the types of engagement we will encourage. Each playlist’s multiple pathways will guide youth along experiences addressing national Core Arts Standards artistic practices of creating, performing, responding, and connecting through interest-based musical practices. Learning experiences will emphasize creativity and self-expression,  encouraging youth to consider and act upon how music can improve people’s lives.

The goal of the playlist set is to provide rich musical contexts that connect formal (i.e. middle and high school music programs) non-formal (i.e. community or after-school music programs), and informal (i.e. homes or libraries) settings.

Playlists will foster musical inquiry and creativity, deepen musical skills and understandings, and strengthen participants’ sense of selves as musical people who make a difference in their communities and society.

So far we’ve identified several design challenges and opportunities that we are thinking through as we continue our work. Some examples include:

  1. How might we design and facilitate learning experiences with an ethic of inquiry and project-based learning in a playlist format?
  2. How might we support opportunities for rich, playful, and satisfying musical engagement through the learning experiences even if the learner has limited access to resources?
  3. What type of structures make the most sense for learners to navigate and engage with learning experiences (XPs) that are organized in varied ways that enable multiple pathways within the same playlist?

We are collaborating with partners such as NYU’s MusEdLab, Today’s Future Sound, and Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children, consultants with content expertise, pre-service and in-service music educators, teaching artists, community youth organizations, and youth to help us answer these and other questions that emerge.

I’ll provide an update to some of these issues in the next post.

In the meantime, feel fee to participate in the development of our music learning playlists through our crowdsourcing initiative with the following form (and share widely):

Community Music Engagement Course Collaboration

Dr. Roger Mantie’s Community Music Engagement course collaborated with Dr. Kevin Wilson’s Leisure and Quality of Life course to explore the possibilities of leisure, music, and community engagement through an innovative opportunity for student projects. Take a look at this write up on the initiative and the fabulous projects that emerged from this work and impacted the local community

Connected Learning at The Center

During Fall 2016 CITME will partner with the ASU Music Education Department, ASU School of Community Resources and Development, and Phoenix Center for the Arts to launch a number of music programs ranging from coached chamber groups to digital music creation labs.

Photo by sergio rossi
Photo by sergio rossi

Under the leadership of Dr. Roger Mantie, HIDA at the Center will support creative musical engagement, music teaching and learning, community engagement, and leisure to impact downtown Phoenix positively. 

This initiative is supported by a Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Research Council grant.

CITME will help connect learning across school and community contexts and link pre-service music educators with the program through community leadership, service learning, and socially engaged practice initiatives. 

We look forward to launching this program this coming Fall! 


A Night in the Fields: Creating Live Music to Videogame Play

On July 20th 2013 The Consortium for Innovation and Transformation participated in A Night in the Fields, a project in collaboration with the Center for Games and Impact and Phoenix Art Museum.


During A Night in the Fields, a group of musicians collaborated with attendees to create music that interacted with the way that people played the videogame Flower. As people played the game, musicians performed varied acoustic and electric instruments, laptops, and mobile devices to create and manipulate music that captured the sense of place and action occurring in the game.


Attendees were invited to participate in the music creation and performance with a range of small acoustic instruments. Each game player, situated between the group of musicians and a large screen upon which the game Flower was projected, had a unique and customized immersive experience. Attendees also had their own unique experiences as they watched the gameplay and listened to the music.


This project, in collaboration with the Center for Games and Impact, The Consortium for Innvotion and Transformation in Music Education, and The Phoenix Art Museum was a unique convergence of contemporary musical engagement, video games, interactive media, participatory culture, digital culture, music education, and community engagement.

The A Night in the Fields interactive music and video game event was an outgrowth of ongoing research and practice taking place in CITME and the ASU music education department looking at the process of creating music in relation to interactive media and connections to music teaching and learning. The musicians in the group made decisions collaboratively through a consensus-based process. A Night in the Fields was the group’s first public event and a significant point in the development of this ongoing project and research. For more information on the A Night in the Fields music and video game project and related initiatives contact: Evan Tobias

969923_600882586618900_607703065_nThe A Night in the Fields interactive music ensemble consisted of:

Evan Tobias – facilitation & iPad
Ryan Bledsoe – saxophone
Corrie Box – vocals & effects processing
Rebecca Carr – MIDI keyboard controller
Patrick Cooper – string bass
Bill Fitzgibbons – trumpet
Jennifer Horne – flute
Jared O’Leary – percussion
Julian Peterson – laptop, gamepad controller, effects processing, & live audio mixing
Skye Van Duuren – trumpet

A Night in the Fields Saturday July 20 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m @ Phoenix Art Museum Great Hall

A Night in the Fields was a part of the Center for Games and Impact’s and Phoenix Art Museum’s Celebrating the Art of Making and Playing Games: Bridging Digital and Live Play Experiences event July 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Additional Information on related projects and organizations:

Phoenix Art Museum Announcement of A Night in the Fields

The Art of Video Games Exhibit @ the Phoenix Art Museum

The Center for Games and Impact

Celebrating the Art of Making and Playing Games: Bridging Digital and Live Play Experiences (The Center for Games & Impact @ the Phoenix Art Museum July 20 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Consortium for Innovation and Transformation in Music Education (CITME @ASU):

ASU School of Music Music Education Department

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts