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2600 North Howard Street, Suite 1300
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
(410) 837-7577

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Exploring Math and Music by Making a One String Guitar

Artist: Curtis Blues

Type: Residencies


In this STEM residency, students build a single-string Blues guitar to make abstract math concepts concrete. Primary students use the guitar for skip counting and intermediate students learn about negative and positive integers. Students utilize the engineering model to imagine, plan, create, and improve the sound properties of their instruments.

Sample curriculum connections:
Maryland State Curriculum Music Standard 2.0
Historical, Cultural, and Social Context: Students will demonstrate an understanding of music as an essential aspect of history and human experience
Grade relevant Common Core Math Standards


Typically, residencies range from $2,000 to $3,000, but we can use your available budget and ‘work backwards’ to create a cost-effective residency for your school. We may be able to assist you in securing grant and funding opportunities.

Residencies are tailored to your needs but usually include:
• A kick-off assembly
• A required orientation meeting and planning session
• A set of workshops for classes of up to 25 students each
• A student culminating or sharing event
• An evaluation meeting

For a rough estimate, residency prices include:
• Artist assembly (see artist’s page for pricing)
• A set of workshops ($100 each)
• A required orientation meeting and planning session ($100 each)
• An evaluation meeting ($100)
• Mileage and supply costs depend on artist location and the residency chosen.


Audience Limit: 25 students per classroom

Program Length: Varies, please contact us at 410-837-7577 for more information.

Appropriate for Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade


Assembly Price: $530

Assembly Back-to-Back Price: $730

Workshop Cost per Day: $100 per session

Workshop Materials Fee: Supply costs may apply.

Travel Fee: Mileage fee may apply.

Technical Requirements



Black History Month
Music in our Schools Month
National Arts and Humanities Month
National Arts in Education Week

Curriculum Connections

American History
Common Core-aligned
Physical Science