2010 Scholar of Change: Keith Smolinski

Walden University Ed.D. student Keith Smolinski is recognized for his creative use of music to teach science
Nov 8, 2011 10:05 AM ET

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.