Integrated Math and Music AULCS
Arts Horizons is one of the arts partners included in the Arts Integration Grant residency at the Academy for Urban Leadership in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. The Academy for Urban Leadership (AULCS) is a five-year comprehensive public charter high school that serves students in eight through twelfth grades from Perth Amboy, in Middlesex County, New Jersey. AULCS was one of 9 schools in the state of New Jersey to receive the highly competitive Arts Integration Grant from the NJ Department of Education.
New Jersey is the first state in the nation to use Title I carryover funds to support arts integration as a lever for school change and means of bolstering academic achievement. In February 2017, the NJDOE launched the Title I Arts-Integration Pilot program, awarding nine schools grants of up to $100,000 to implement arts-integration programs and to track their impact on student achievement, student engagement, and school culture. The cohort of Pilot schools are located in eight of New Jersey’s twenty one counties, and represent urban and non-urban elementary, middle and high schools. The Departments’ goals for this project are twofold; to promote practitioner research as a means of informing programmatic improvement – and to identify and disseminate lessons learn from the Pilot projects regarding conditions and instructional circumstances under which arts-integration supports student learning and mastery, and fosters student, family and community engagement.
Arts Horizons teaching artist Vince Ector is conducting “Integrated Math and Music Workshops”. Taught in tandem with a classroom Math teacher, students create musical compositions with mathematics. Polyrhythm activities (using tambourines and drums) are conducted that explore multiples and ratios. Concepts of algebraic function, transformation and graphing are engaged by students naturally, initially in a musical language, later evolving as pure mathematical expressions. Students also learn fundamental concepts of melodic structure, notation, beats, rhythm and music composition. Students will naturally develop the fundamental algebraic concepts of variable, function and graphing from the study of musical scales and melody. This residency began in March and continues through the school year.
Vincent Ector hails from the musical city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he attended the University of Pennsylvania. Trained in Music beginning at age nine through GAMP, a music magnet school in Philadelphia that also enabled him to study at Temple University while still a junior high school student. He then began studying privately with drummers such as, Mickey Roker, Ralph Peterson Jr., and Armand Santarelli, as well as performing for six years as a percussionist with the United States Army Band.
As a performer, he has worked with jazz luminaries that include: NEA Jazz Masters, Freddie Hubbard, Randy Weston, James Moody, Slide Hampton and Jimmy Heath as well as Gloria Lynne, Charles Earland, Bobby Watson, Lou Donaldson, Grover Washington Jr., Dr Lonnie Smith, Ron Carter, Claudio Roditi, John Lee, Ralph Peterson Jr., Melvin Sparks, and Shirley Scott.