BREAKING NEWS: applications are now being accepted for funding to join the VOICES team for an in-person meeting in Denver on June 29-30, 2018! Apply now!

The Denver meeting will focus mostly on the following initiatives [with initial facilitators]:

  • Implement a survey of randomly-selected lower division college and AP instructors to understand how songs are currently used in STEM instruction [Dennis Pearl and John Weber];
  • Create a Periodical/Newsletter/Blog as a communications vehicle for the field [Larry Lesser];
  • Compile and consolidate song-in-STEM resources into a single searchable, annotated online collection [Greg Crowther and Walter Smith];
  • Establish a Collaborations Clearinghouse which connects projects and individuals of diverse talents to promote collaboration among the fields of science, music, and education;
  • Organize the next VOICES virtual conference [Greg Crowther and Tiffany Getty]

We also plan to hold monthly conference calls leading up to the summer workshop to clarify the issues in the first three initiatives above to facilitate a more productive and efficient meeting.


On September 27-28, 2017, we held a first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary virtual conference on the use of song in teaching STEM subjects at the college level (including AP courses). VOICES covered the latest research, pedagogy, and practitioner perspectives on effectively communicating the ideas of STEM through song.

This inaugural virtual conference featured interactive virtual poster sessions, interdisciplinary panels, and a keynote address by physics instructor and entertainer Lynda Williams ("The Physics Chanteuse"). All sessions invited the active participation of a diverse audience.

Registration for VOICES was only $10 thanks to partial funding by the National Science Foundation through Project SMILES (Student-Made Interactive Learning with Educational Songs).

VOICES organizing committee:
Gregory J. Crowther, Ph.D. (chair), Life Sciences Department, Everett Community College;
Nyaradzo Mvududu, Ed.D., School of Education, Seattle Pacific University
Rabindra (Robby) A. Ratan, Ph.D., Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University
Walter F. Smith, Ph.D., Department of Physics, Haverford College


Thank you to our generous sponsors!
Flying Spaghetti Music       National Science Foundation       Noteflight