The Texas Gulf Coast Orff Association presents 4 workshops every school year. The first one is this Saturday featuring Jim Solomon
For more information and workshop handouts please use this link.
Music in schools – improves reading and math skills.
…there is a substantial research base on the relationship of the arts to other academic skills. Check out “Critical Links,” a 2002 compilation from the National Endowment for the Arts of hundreds of studies showing links between learning in the arts and student academic and social development.
The Commentary authors cite one 2004 meta-analysis by Lois Hetland and Ellen Winner that “found little credible evidence that the benefits of the arts transfer to other academic subjects.” Yet, the abstract of that very study says: “Three analyses demonstrate generalizable, causal relationships: classroom drama and verbal achievement, music listening and spatial reasoning, and music learning and spatial reasoning.” Verbal achievement relates to reading development, and spatial reasoning relates to math skills.
The nonprofit organization I lead, Reading In Motion, has been raising the reading scores of Chicago public school students for 31 years with our music- and drama-based curriculum. And we have the research to back it up. Ten outside studies prove our work’s effects on reading skills, many using randomized control groups and pre- and post- designs. (See readinginmotion.org.) In the 2013-14 school year, our internal measurements show that our program got 81 percent of students reading at or above grade level—roughly 20 percent higher than those in schools not using our curriculum.
We need to invest more in high-quality research on the impact of arts education. But let’s not overlook the research that already exists.
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Reading in Motion
My music room does not have an interactive board or any technology for my students to use. I wish it did. I do have an old projector that I use to project music, videos, photos, lyrics and curriculum. This is crucial because it helps the students learn to read, aquire language skills and gain background knowledge. And my curriculum is internet based. So without a projector I will have to print materials for my students to read.
My projector is old, very dim and the district will not replace it. So I have created a Donor’s Choose project to get a new projector and bulbs.
Currenty, Verizon has a matching program. They will match your donation!
Please donate and help me replace the projector. It gets used all day, every day in every grade level of music class – K-5.
Click on this link to give https://www.donorschoose.org/L.Shudra
My 5th grade students completed a very successful run of an adaptation of the Cinderella tale called: Cinderella If The Shoe Fits. By John Jacobson. The story is cute and fun. The songs are well written. There are challenging solos, singing and dancing, and lots of lengthy dialogue.
I am so proud of the efforts that my students put into learning dialogue, acting, learning to waltz, costumes, and most especially singing. Their voices were beautiful and strong when required. This was a very special group of 5th grade students who were willing to practice on their own, after school and work together as a team. I’m certain they were made fun of and faced criticism from their peers but they did well anyway!
This was a very difficult show and I am so proud of the students and the results were in the performance and in their faces. I wish them all the best as they Move On to Middle school.
Here is a wonderful interview with Bobby Shew about how he started playing the trumpet. I had the opportunity to hear him play with Bill Watrous at Sam Houston State Univerisity. Wonderful player. And what a gentleman as well. Enjoy the video.