A hands-on session in which we show how to increase team identity, cohesion, and collaboration via singing.
People often refer to the connections between mathematics and music; there are also many similarities between open-source projects and volunteer community musical organizations. In this session, we will go over various team-building exercises using the human voice. We will discuss what open source tools are available to assist in creating music, go over the engineering involved in composing the exercises, and look over various online repositories of public-domain works that can be used for choral team-building. Mostly, we will sing.
music, singing, choir, geek culture
I have spoken at three different OSBridge conferences (giving this talk at each of those); I have also spoken at OSCON twice (including presenting the proposed session as a BOF, in addition to my talks [and hosting .EDU BOFs]). Here is a YouTube of an interview of me talking about GeekChoir at OSCON in 2011: http://youtu.be/a852i4R4Xyg
The University of Georgia
Michael Brewer is a Web Developer Principal for the Franklin College Office of Information Technology at The University of Georgia. He designs database-backed web applications used by thousands of students and faculty and has served on several college and University-wide committees on Web development, best practices, and application security. In 2005, he won an Advising Technology Innovation Award from the National Academic Advising Association for an academic advising application he maintains; he also serves on the board of the United States PostgreSQL Association. He holds bachelor degrees in both Mathematics and Music from The University of Georgia, conducts Georgia’s oldest continuously-operating community band, is Director of Music at Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Athens, GA), and is a member of ASCAP.