Recent research links disparities in children’s language-related brain function to poverty and its correlates. Such disparities are hypothesized to underlie achievement gaps between students from low-income families and more advantaged peers. Interventions that improve language-related brain function in low-income students exist, but evaluations of their implementation within high-poverty elementary schools do not. This comparison-group study evaluates whether implementation within high-poverty elementary schools of Harmony Project music-based mentoring, previously shown in randomized controlled research to improve language-related brain function and literacy in low-income students, might be associated with academic improvement for participants compared with non-participating peers.
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“We have conducted numerous studies with children and teens to see how music education affects their auditory processing skills and, in turn, their academic performance. One group of kids we studied extensively were students taking part in a program called the Harmony Project in southern California. This program was started by Dr. Margaret Martin in 2001 to provide mentoring through music to students from low-income households.”
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An after school program is introducing young children to the world of music. The children receive violins and other string instruments and instruction on how to take care of them and learn how to play. “Harmony Project Tulsa” is now in its fifth year. This story aired on the ONR on OETA-The Oklahoma Network. For more information, go to the ONR web site http://www.oeta.tv/programs/onr.
John Klein with the Tulsa World highlight’s Harmony Project’s impact and recent PRESTO grant award.
El Sistema USA, a national membership association dedicated to supporting programs to effect social change through music, launched a 3-year, $1 million-dollar investment into 13 organizations in 11 states across the country to bring free music education to underserved youth.