STEAM Workgroup is fortunate to have worked with a variety of organizations that truly care about learning, many of which are ongoing parterships. With his education training (Bachelor's of Music, Ohio Wesleyan University 2001) and museum experiences complementing his training in ethnomusicology (M.A., University of Maryland 2010), Jeremy has conducted and designed all phases of evaluation and research projects with many organizations, a few of which include:
Besides gathering data in all kinds of situations using varied methods and analyses, Jeremy has also collaborated with other evaluators including Lifelong Learning Group at COSI, Blue Scarf Consulting, Palmquist and Associates, and the Institute for Learning Innovation. In addition to evaluation, he has helped design cultural programing, exhibits, and staff training in multiple contexts at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and The Rhythm Discovery Center. He has also presented his ethnomusicological research at international academic conferences.
Most publications are for the private use of the organizations in question. However, several articles are intended for public audiences, some of which are listed below:
Ethnomusicology is, by its nature, a multidisciplinary field - as Tim Rice put it, a "field of disciplines." Yet is also one beautifully entangled with people and "play," as Larry Witzleben has clearly outlined. We study study music in its cultural context and as a social process, we make and listen to music, we collect and analyze all kinds of data, we trace threads through anthropology, sociology, history, technology, economics, biology, religion (and other areas) all in order to understand the music itself, what it means to people, how those meanings are conveyed, and (potentially) why it "is." Put another way, ethnomusicologists study, talk to people, and make music to learn how and why things relate to one another to create meaning.
In much the same way, STEAM as a holistic educational approach looks at how things connect to each other, sometimes in ways that are highly relative to the culture, subculture, and/or individual in that time and place. STEAM Workshop, working from a basis in education and ethnomusicology, incorporates this approach along with data driven analysis in helping find meaningful connections and learning experiences for your audience.