The Foss Scientific Thinking Processes Applied to Music

May 1, 1993 / By: Beth A. Evert

The subject of this study was the Full Option Science System (FOSS) Scientific Thinking Processes and how science processing applies to teaching music in science-based school. After reviewing these processes and their roots, this study showed how the teaching and learning of music parallels the teaching and learning of science in the school by addressing the questions, "How is the Full Option Science System, which is based in Piagetian developmental theory, applicable to the teaching and learning of music?" Considering that FOSS is a "pattern seeking enterprise that follows from our ability to think" (Lowery, 1989), how does the study of music use these pattern-seeking skills not only to develop a student's ability to think, but also to feel and integrate the goals of teaching the whole child?