Educational Opportunities

Music Origins Project is a website documenting the history and future of music (and other related art forms), with an initial focus on electronic music (Detroit Techno) related genres that emerged from Detroit. View This presentation for an overview of how we are engaging students and teaching students “STEAM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) skills via the compelling medium of MUSIC.

This site is a searchable, educational virtual museum offering informed dialogue and “primary sources” demonstrating the cultural origins of musical art forms along with other forms of geolocated multimedia documentation.

A Google Map identifying the cultural regions and specific locations that were important to the origins of various musical art forms will be the lens for the exploration of each art form.
Using Street Views, Google Maps and Virtual Reality headsets students around the world will be able to view locations in Virtual Reality. They will also be able to view, interact with, and submit their own 3D models into Google Earth.

Educational Explorations

The Music Origins Project has partnered with the Detroit Sound Project and the team from the film God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines to teach students digital storytelling and about the history of Techno and its origins in Detroit.

You Can Contribute To The Music Origins Project

The Music Origins Project is challenging students and music aficionados to create, suggest new entries and improve existing entries with additional research. We are challenging you to research music history to identify new locations and subjects for the map. In addition, they will be asked to define and document new and emerging genres of music. Students and music aficionados will be challenged to create unique virtual museums documenting locations important to each musical art form covered.

We are challenging students and volunteers to research musical genres to create short documentary films, on music and post them along with musical samples, mixes, images and other “primary source” historical documents. Our goal is to create multimedia “virtual museums” highlighting historic locations and music venues that are important to music history, adding a compelling nuances to the existing body of musical knowledge.

In addition to teaching geolocation, we are also challenging students to create 3D Models of buildings and locations important to music history using tools like Google SketchUp a free 3D modeling tool to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Skills.

David Grandison Jr., the site’s founder and his production team, are currently piloting the project by documenting landmarks that are important to Detroit’s rich musical history as a transmedia complement to documentary film’s associated with God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines. We are also challenging professional documentary projects on music or related art forms to contribute to the Music Origins Project and geo-locate their important points of interest.