Math + Music
The M.I.N.D. Institute
1503 South Coast Drive, Suite 202
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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.