As part of its partnership with the United States Department of Education, Mind Meets Music is undergoing a 4-year study to evaluate the efficacy of the program. This study is being conducted by WestEd, a national research and assessment organization located in California.

Along with the Mind Meets Music test group, a Comparison group of students with similar demographics who did not participate in the Mind Meets Music program is also included in the study. Given the nature of the target student population Mind Meets Music serves, the Comparison group began the study with higher literacy and math proficiencies than the Mind Meets Music test group.

Mind Meets Music’s goals were twofold.

1. Increase the overall literacy and math proficiencies for Mind Meets Music test schools.

2. Reduce the literacy and math proficiency achievement gaps between Mind Meets Music test schools and comparison schools.

Using the 2014/15 academic year as the baseline, the following are Mind Meets Music’s program test results from the 2015/16 and 2016/17 academic years.

Literacy Proficiency

Students in the Mind Meets Music test group saw an overall improvement rate of 33% in literacy proficiency between the 2014/15 baseline year and the 2016/17 academic year.

Literacy Achievement Gap Reduction

In literacy, the proficiency achievement gap between students in the Mind Meets Music test group and students in the higher performing Comparison group was reduced from 30.6 points to 9.6 points between the 2014/15 baseline year and the 2016/17 academic year.

Math Proficiency

Students in the Mind Meets Music test group saw an overall improvement rate of 52% in math proficiency between the 2014/15 baseline year and the 2016/17 academic year.

Math Achievement Gap Reduction

In math, the proficiency achievement gap between students in the Mind Meets Music test group and students in the higher performing Comparison group was reduced from 17.6 points to 12.3 points between the 2014/15 baseline year and the 2016/17 academic year.

Change Over Baseline

Between the 2014/15 baseline year and the 2016/17 academic year, students in the Mind Meets Music test group saw a greater rate of overall improvement in proficiency for both literacy and math than students in the higher performing Comparison group.

Other Findings

Classroom Teacher Benefits

86%

86% of classroom teachers agreed that Mind Meets Music caused them to reflect on their teaching beliefs, helping them develop integration capacity, comfort, and tools.

97% of classroom teachers agreed that participation in Mind Meets Music engaged students, encouraged participation, influenced learning, and impacted attitudes.

Student Participation

97%