Erin Blasko | April 29, 2019
With help from the University of Notre Dame, students at Roosevelt STEAM Academy and Pierre Moran Middle School spent several months this semester building instruments and composing music as part of STEM+Music, an educational program of the Center for Civic Innovation (CCI) and DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at Notre Dame.
Working from kits developed by South Bend Woodworks, the Elkhart Community Schools students used math, science and engineering to design and build whistles, chimes and wooden drums, then composed original music for the instruments alongside Jay Brockman, director of CCI; Juan-Carlos Alarcon, music education student at Indiana University South Bend and former Pierre Moran student; and Wendy Daly of The Music Village in South Bend.
On Friday (May 3), the students — 11 from Roosevelt and 25 from Pierre Moran — will channel that work into a special performance at Pierre Moran with Third Coast Percussion, a Grammy Award-winning quartet of classically trained percussionists from Chicago.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the performance will begin at 6 p.m. A reception will follow and include posters and other displays with further information about the program.
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