Sound Design and the Thrill of Theme Parks Harmonize as Universal Orlando Collaborates with NAfME

Sound Design and the Thrill of Theme Parks Harmonize as Universal Orlando Collaborates with NAfME

The sweet sounds of collaboration

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At Universal Orlando Resort, one of our principal educational objectives is to inspire students to embrace, experience, and engage Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math. In addition, we want students to be aware of related careers and potential future opportunities as represented in our park content.

Collaboration at its finest

Some may ask, “What does this have to do with Universal Orlando Resort’s collaboration with The National Association for Music Education (NAfME)?” There is a universality of the art of music and the creative processes that is required to share that art with the world. More than just the melody you hum while listening to the radio, practicing your favorite sport, learning to dance, or anywhere else your life journey takes you, music is a complex art form. In addition, the art of music production involves engineering, design, and multiple technologies that integrate to create the final work that is shared with the world.

Turn our parks into their stage

Through Universal Orlando’s STARS Performance Program, groups big or small can put on a show and share their music with our park guests. There are even workshops like Sound Design: Music and the Art of Foley that give your band, choir or orchestra students the opportunity to experience life as working movie musicians, syncing music or choral arrangements – including Foley, automated dialogue replacement, and digital sound effects – to real movie scenes from hits like Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me and The Lorax.

Tying it all together

The mission of NAfME is to advance music education by promoting the understanding and making of music by all. One of Universal Orlando Youth Programs’ missions is to inspire students to experience and learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, Math, and related careers through our park content. Our parks would not be nearly as engaging and immersive if it were not for the musical sounds and sites you experience in our lands, rides, and attractions. Music and the arts are everywhere, and STEM is what allows us to hear and respond.

“STEM without the Arts would just Bb.”

Universal Orlando Youth Programs is committed to supporting NAfME’s mission through the development of educational and entertaining experiences for students and educators.

Visit NAfME Academy to learn from one of today’s most respected music educators, Robert W. Smith, in his webinar titled, “Administrating the School Music Program from a Business Perspective.” Or click here to experience our Performance Workshop, Sound Design: Music and the Art of Foley.

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