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Lesson Eleven: What are some careers are in BioMusic?


There are many STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers emerging from the field of BioMusic.

Learning Outcomes:

Through evaluating information in books, interviews and on the internet, learners will identify several career possibilities in the field of BioMusic research.

Curriculum Alignment:

National Science Education Standards

Content Standard A: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry

  • Understanding about scientific inquiry.
  • Employ simple equipment and tools to gather data and extend the senses.

Content Standard E: Science and Technology

  • Abilities of technological design
  • Understanding about science and technology
  • Abilities to distinguish between natural objects and objects made by humans.

Content Standard G: History and Nature of Science

  • Science as a human endeavor

NC SCOS Music Curriculum

Goal 8: The learner will understand relationships between music, the other arts, and content areas outside the arts. (National Standard 8)

  • 8.02 Identify ways in which the principles and subject matter of other content areas taught in the school are related to those of music.

Goal 9: The learner will understand music in relation to history and culture. (National Standard 9)

  • 9.04 Identify and describe roles of musicians in various music settings and cultures.
  • 9.05 Show respect for music from various cultures and historical periods.


One week project based assignment, or can be divided up into sections to correspond with the lessons being taught throughout the unit.


Book Secrets of Sound: Studying the Calls and Songs of Whales, Elephants and Birds

Technology Resources:

  • Internet



Ask students what kinds of science or music careers are there in the field of BioMusic? Record careers on a chart.


Read the book Secrets of Sound: Studying the Calls and Songs of Whales, Elephants and Birds. Discuss the different types of jobs that BioMusic scientists have.


Have students research a BioMusic scientist and write a brief report on the career. Include animals studied, where the research is being conducted, how the scientist collects data, what are the benefits and challenges to the career.


Create a display board and present projects to class.


Rubric for project research and presentation.


  • BioMusicologist – scientist who has completed formal studies in both biology or other experimental sciences and musical origins. As humans are living organisms, the scientific study of music is therefore part of biology, thus the "bio" in "biomusicology.
  • Scientist – a person who has studied science, especially one who is active in a particular field of investigation
  • Musician - a composer, conductor, or performer of music
  • BioMusicologist: a scientist/musician which studies the field of biomusic