Why Will BioMusic be THE Education Method of The 2040s? Because It Changed My Life
The intersection of three extraordinary events changed the trajectory of my life. These events emboldened the important role of BioMusic research and how its work changes the way we understand the underlying musicality of nature.
The first was the initial publication about this research, ‘The Music of Nature and The Nature of Music” in the prestigious academic journal, Science, https://science.sciencemag.org/content/291/5501/52.full. That article’s impact opened and continues to open a flood of multiple new lines of research throughout the scientific community. When our article was published, scientists worldwide working in neuroscience, psychology, animal cognition and behavior, astrophysics, brain research, learning research, environmental conservation, anthropology, musicology, and sociology contacted me to discuss the implications for their fields of research. It opened new ways of thinking throughout these fields that continue today.
The second event was an article about BioMusic written in the New York Times, “Sonata for Humans, Birds, and Humpback Whales”, https://www.nytimes.com/2001/01/09/science/sonata-for-humans-birds-and-humpback-whales.html, that took the meaning of the previous scientific article to the public. Suddenly, people from around the world wanted to know more and more about this musico-communication system and how it impacts how we humans understand ourselves and how we interact with other species in this web of life.
The third event is a compilation of my experiences walking around the BioMusic science exhibition, Wild Music, in many cities across the nation as it toured the country and crossed international boundaries. Seeing children from all backgrounds and cultures immediately engage in exploring their own musical capacities and eager to know more about other animals’ musicality. The exhibition’s introduction to the ‘science of music’ unleashed children’s appetites to know more about their musical selves and the natural world in a way that lifted science from a textbook exercise to a lived, exciting, and relevant opportunity. That excited the STEM educators and brought BioMusic into children’s lives in a new way!