Reaching Minds Through Music
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Dr. Keith Smolinski grew up in Ludlow, Massachusetts and graduated from Ludlow High School. He completed his Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Master's Degree in Education from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He also completed another Master's degree and his doctoral work at Walden University. Keith currently is a 7th grade Biology teacher in Fairfield, Connecticut. He has been teaching for 8 years and has always had a passion for music. He has always used music and rhythms to help not only his students but to also aid in his own learning.

For his doctoral study, Dr. Smolinski examined the impact of the original, science-based music he wrote on student content learning and student perceptions of the music and its impact on learning. Students in the treatment group at a public middle school learned songs with lyrics related to the content of a 4-week cells unit in science; while an equally sized control group was taught the same material using existing methods. Using a concurrent triangulation, mixed-methods study, it was determined that that the posttest scores of students in the treatment group (93 students) were significantly higher than those of the control group (93 students). The qualitative analysis of 10 individual interviews and 3 focus group interviews (24 students) found that the majority of the students thought that music served as an effective learning tool and enhanced recall.