Bob Barboza, president and CEO of Kids Talk Radio recently came to Roland U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles to interview Roland Senior Product Specialist and Education Clinician Steve Fisher. Through Kids Talk Radio, Mr. Barboza works with students in grades 4 through 12 with project-based learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering, visual and performing arts and mathematics.
This past May, Kids Talk Radio had the privilege of participating in the 11th Annual Young Author Fair held in Orange County, California. With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the featured author, students read their own stories along with the Kids Talk Radio Sound Effect’s Orchestra. The Kids Talk Radio Sound Effects Orchestra is a group of musicians that play the music behind children’s and young adult stories, poems, and audio and video podcasts. The orchestra, made up of a percussion section, keyboards, horn section, bass, guitar and synthesizer players, collaborates with guest musicians and alums from UCLA, USC and California State University, Long Beach.
The Kids Talk Radio Sound Effect’s Orchestra is part of the STEM to STEAM movement; the initiative to add Visual and Performing Arts to the national agenda of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education and research in America. Buoyed by the excitement he saw at the Young Author Fair, Mr. Barboza wanted to make the connection between the actual art of playing percussion and the science behind the Roland V-Drums and Electronic Percussion products. Mr. Barboza says “We talked about the materials used to create drum heads and the electronics that makes it all happen. I wanted to make a STEM connection with the instruments and that is what we did in a very creative way without getting too technical with the science. Steve exceeded my dreams in an interview setting – he was able to talk and play, and that made the interviews very special.”
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