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Math + Music

By Kathie Felix - Posted May 1, 2005
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The Product:
Math + Music
The Company:
The M.I.N.D. Institute
1503 South Coast Drive, Suite 202
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: 888/751-5443

Math + Music is a nonlanguage-based program that combines computer activity-based instruction with specialized piano training designed to help teach K-5 math standards, enhance problem-solving skills, and raise math scores on standardized tests.

The program is based on research on the link that unites music, the brain, and spatial reasoning. Math + Music teaches math concepts without relying on abstract symbols and terminology. Students are trained in multistep problem-solving through visualization by working with spatial-temporal animation/reasoning challenges. The students also gain a solid music foundation through the specialized piano keyboard training included as part of the core curriculum.

The program includes math and music curriculum, the M.I.N.D. Institute's S.T.A.R. math computer activities, 1 day of professional development for teachers, and access to daily student status reports over the Internet.

Math + Music takes all of the language out of math learning and can be used by students with varying levels of English-language proficiency. The program is aligned to national standards and NCLB legislation requirements.

The Math + Music program has been used in California schools for 6 years. Schools that started below the 50th percentile in 2001 had an average grade 2 increase of 16.4 points in one year. In 2002, students working with the program averaged a 13.2 per­cent increase in Stanford 9 math test scores, compared to a 2.9 in­crease in scores of nonparticipating students. In 2003, 58 percent more students in the Math + Music program tested pro­ficient or higher in math than those who did not participate in the program.

Math + Music became available in Texas this year. The program aligns to the Texas Essential Knowl­edge and Skills (TEKS) and the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).

The program is available on a per-student subscription basis.

The M.I.N.D. Institute is a community-based, nonprofit research organization formed in 1998 and based in Costa Mesa, Calif. The Institute is dedicated to brain re­search and to preparing students in grades K-12 for success in school, work, and society—regardless of their cultural or socio-economic background.

The Institute's Science Board includes Gordon Shaw, professor emeritus of physics at the Uni­versity of California, Irvine, and co-discoverer of "the Mozart effect." Shaw is the author of Keeping Mozart in Mind and 170 publications in neuroscience and elementary particle physics.

-Kathie Felix

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