The Celestial Kingdoms of Sound is a pioneering STEAM program, offered as in-school and after-school enrichment programs, begun by Jeremy Nix in partnership with Montessori Tides School in 2018. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Though the program, Jeremy teaches young learners the wonders of sound and music in the natural world, and ignites their passion and curiosity for exploring the world around them, through a science-and-technology-integrated music curriculum.
In today’s technology-saturated modern world, learning to use modern digital tools as a positive force for growth and change, is paramount to future success in many endeavors and career fields. Technology can too often be a distraction, but in this class, Jeremy shows students how the devices we find in many of our homes, can be implements of creativity and learning.
Jeremy accomplishes these goals, with a combination of hands-on activities that tangibly demonstrate concepts in physical sciences, and technology-driven musical exploration through an array of digital music software. These activities include learning how sound and musical properties can be used to understand the inner workings of the world around us, and how sounds from the world around us, can be used to make music! The former is commonly referred to as spectroscopy, and the latter, sampling. We also cover topics including synthesis, frequency, resonance, composition, harmonics, deejaying, rhythm, music history, and much more! The curriculum is flexible, and tailored to each student’s abilities and interest level, so all participants are engaged and enriched, regardless of their musical and scientific vocabulary.
“The Celestial Kingdoms of Sound is a tremendously exciting new opportunity we are proud to offer the community at Montessori Tides School” states Head Directress and Co-Owner, Ms. Nancy. “The children responded to the program with overwhelming enthusiasm in its first year. Jeremy is able to masterfully deconstruct complex concepts for the children to grasp, in accessible ways, that augments the existing Montessori curriculum. We are thrilled to continue partnering with Jeremy to develop this program at Montessori Tides School!”
Jeremy is a sound curator, educator, composer, classically trained pianist and trumpeter, and chemist with nearly 30 years cumulative experience. He has collaborated and curated with Mayo Clinic as as Research Technician in a protein biochemistry laboratory focusing on aggregates of Alzheimer’s disease, Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Studio Allston Hotel, Jean Michel Basquiat’s and Michael Holman’s band Gray, Yellow House, King Britt, Drum Corps International, Jacksonville Public Libraries, Fashion photographer Franklin Thompson and TOM FORD, Liz Tran, Motif (interior design), Feeding Northeast Florida, Riverside Arts Market, Bold Bean Coffee Roasters, Jacksonville Lantern Festival, and West End House, among others.