Mind Meets Music is an academic achievement program using music to improve literacy skills. We are committed to a quality learning experience and the success of underserved preschool through second grade students.

Using music as its medium, Mind Meets Music’s expertly trained and highly skilled Master Teaching Artists facilitate 30-minute sessions twice a week in classrooms. Mind Meets Music is NOT a traditional music program and is not intended to replace school music classes. Rather, it serves as an academic enhancement and acts as a conduit connecting the arts with general education, specifically literacy. Mind Meets Music classes are child-centered, sequential, experiential, and intense. The outcome is a revolutionary arts integration program of the highest quality, designed to increase the likelihood of academic success for high-needs, at-risk preschool through second grade students.

BASED ON TWO METHODOLOGIES:

Kodály: Child-centered music education emphasizing singing, listening, moving, writing, thinking, and creating.
Dalcroze: Purposeful movement emphasizing creativity and rhythmic fluency.

Between the 2014-2015 school year and the 2015-2016 school year,
Mind Meets Music students had a reading proficiency improvement rate of 24%.

"Music is transformative,
it is the technology of the brain."

-Nina Kraus

MUSICAL INTERVENTIONS

– Reading Music
– Writing Music
– Audiation
– Identifing & Decoding Icons
– Comparing/Contrasting Patterns
– Establishing Steady Beat
– Purposeful Movement

PROGRAM FOCUS

Syntax: Set of rules giving order to meaning in language and music.

Phonological Awareness: Ability to discriminate small units of sounds within words.

Auditory Discrimination: Ability to hear minute differences in sound.

Visual Perception: Ability to recognize patterns, track, and decode icons.

Steady Beat: Steady rhythmic pulse.

Inner Voice Development: Ability to hear and think deliberately in one’s mind.

21st Century Skills : Skills students require to be successful in the 21st century including:
critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication.

CURRICULUM

– Taught twice a week by a trained Master Teaching Artist
– Written for preschool through second grade
– Universally loved by principals, classroom teachers, and students

MUSIC AND THE BRAIN: MULTI-SENSORY LEARNING

Students learn to identify pitch and rhythm.

Students learn to sing with both words and TAs and TADIs.

Students learn different modes of expresssion using solfege sounds and Curwen hand signs.