2010 Scholar of Change: Keith Smolinski

2010 Scholar of Change: Keith Smolinski

Walden University Ed.D. student Keith Smolinski is recognized for his creative use of music to teach science

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 10:05am

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Music and teaching have been part of Keith Smolinski’s life for quite some time. His interest in music goes back to when he was 5 and started accordion lessons. From there it didn’t matter what instrument it was, he was always teaching himself something new. After teaching at the discovery museum while getting his bachelor’s in biology, he fell in love with teaching and then pursued his education degree.

While attending Walden University for his Doctor of Education and working on his dissertation, Keith realized his dissertation could impact other teachers. His motivation was to help children learn more. So how did he do that? By combining his science curriculum and musical abilities, Keith is able to make sure kids are prepared for state and national science standards.

Both Keith’s music and his research are in the process of being published. He continues to improve his “music education” and look for new ways to help his students learn. 


For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. The Scholars of Change program began in 2009 when Walden University invited students and alumni to help bring the university’s social change mission to life by submitting short videos demonstrating how they were applying their Walden education and experiences to effect positive social change around the globe. The videos demonstrate a learning experience that emphasizes Walden’s scholar-practitioner model, built on the belief that knowledge is most valuable when it is put to use in the interest of the greater good.

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CATEGORY: Education