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Our flagship property, Caruso’s Wild Sounds, engages children in adventures into the STEM world of music-making, cross-species animal communication, and soundscapes. Leveraging children’s innate love of music and our human brain’s exquisite reliance on sound and time, the Caruso animated series and companion digital learning tools and games bring a new world of fun and escapades to the science of sound and communication.
The world of Caruso includes: The Caruso’s Wild Sounds animated series and interactive online learning tools and games featuring the Caruso cast!
Our methodology leverages the innate capability of humans to construct and engage in communication and be engaged with and motivated by musicality. We understand that these natural abilities are powerful constructs for exploring ourselves, our relationships, and the world around us.
We have applied our methodology to design and construct learning tools for youth, which support:
- Exploring human and cross-species communication and the interconnecting sonic network of life on Earth
- Scaffolding new concepts from the conceptual (without definition) to real-world scientific and life applications
- Providing opportunities to physically and emotionally connect to the humans in their lives and other species
- Exploring human and animation communication and musicality
- Building recall across multiple experiences to cement the long-term memory, thus, improving recall, understanding, and application of previous and new concepts with confidence and understanding.
Our methodology is used to create engaging powerful learning experiences delivered through:
- Animated and live action videos
- Web- and mobile-based interactive tools
- Learning games
Our youth-facing programming and learning tools are optimized for informal, beyond school experiences (home use). Though most of our products are self-directed and do not necessarily require the assistance of an adult, parents and beyond school educators who have the luxury of spending concentrated time with youth will find it easy to extend learning through collaborative activities–thus further enriching the experience for youth users.
School use is also possible, with optional school-based curricular materials designed to support classroom use.
- Youth-centered experiences designed to address the distinct learning needs, interests, and aspirations of users
- Flexible anytime, anywhere media and technology that works on mobile devices or personal computers
The National Science Foundation tapped Dr. Gray to lead a team of outstanding educators and scientists in the development of BioMusic Curriculum for children. BioMusic Curriculum was developed for ages 6-11 and tested with multiple cohorts of children from diverse backgrounds and cultures. BioMusic Concepts explore music-making by using Physical Science, Life Science, Technology, Personal and Social Perspectives, History and Nature of Science, Animal Behavior and Cognition, and Principles of Communication Systems.
The Curriculum also introduces children to future applications of BioMusic Concepts to:
- InterStellar Communication and Astro Physics
- Health and Wellness
- Sustainability and Conservation
- Engineering and Design
- Collaborative Learning and Work.
Funding & Project-Related Research
- BioMusic Curriculum, UBeats, National Science Foundation, Development and Testing
- BioMusic 3-Year Program for Immigrant Children, Burroughs Wellcome Fund
- NSF Science Exhibition about BioMusic—Wild Music: Sounds & Songs of Life—A $3 million science exhibition that was experienced by 1.5 kids and families across the nation. It focused on the musicality of humans and other animals.
Publications and Articles
- A New Paradigm for STEM
- The Music of Nature and the Nature of Music
- Spontaneous Tempo and Rhythmic Entrainment in a Bonobo (Pan Paniscus)
- BioMusic in the Classroom: Interdisciplinary Elementary Science and Music Curriculum Development
- Oliver Saks – How Music Can Change the Brain
- Music and social bonding: “self-other” merging and neurohormonal mechanisms
Other Research Inspiring Our Approach and Theoretical Framework
- Transfer of Learning – Low road transfer depends on automated skills and is relatively spontaneous and automatic, while high road transfer requires reflection and conscious processing. Some musical skills (near and low road) are more likely to transfer than others including the perceptual processing of sound, fine motor skills, emotional sensitivity, conceptions of relationships between written materials and sound and memorisation of extended information.Far transfer may occur in relation to the impact of making music on intelligence and attainment, while high road transfer may also occur in relation to self regulatory and meta-cognitive skills.
- Literacy + Language Skills – The development of phonological skills: Active engagement with music plays a major role in developing aural perceptual processing systems which facilitate the encoding and identification of speech sounds and patterns; the earlier the exposure and the greater the length of participation the greater the impact. Transfer of these skills is automatic and there is now accumulating evidence that this contributes not only to language development but also to literacy.Children with musical training have significantly better verbal learning and retention abilities.
- Cognitive Development – Intervention studies with children have shown that active engagement with music impacts on IQ scores, particularly on elements related to spatial reasoning.
- Creativity – Musicians score higher on tests of creativity than non-musicians. Music intervention studies with young children have found enhanced creativity, the greater the engagement with music the stronger the relationship.