Formed in 2000 as a confederation of major schools of music, schools of education, arts organizations, and public school partnerships, the MIENC's mission is to promote the evolution of music teaching and learning practices, advocacy, research, and policy, so that music can provide its essential contribution to promoting a culture of equity and excellence in every school.
To what extent does rhythm, meter, and tempo increase student achievement in fractions?
Through the 4th grade Mathematical Composing Unit, students had the ability to identify, compose, and preform music that supports the curriculum objectives of the California State Math Standards. By teaching for transfer, students compared and contrasted elements in both music and fractions focusing on the following elements: time signature, note value, and number lines. All 4th gr. students were involved in sharing fundamental concepts of the fractions and music through group made compositions that focus on different time signatures.
To what extent does the understanding of how instruments are played and make sound correlate to the students understanding of energy, sound, and matter?
The 3rd grade Science of Music Project is based on the belief that music has an explicit connection to Physical Science. To achieve this end, every student was lead through a series of 7 musical experiments that tied into the Science FOSS curriculum. By the end of this projects every child had the ability to perform, to create, and to listen to music with understanding of how music relates to energy and matter.
The 2nd grade Opera Project is based on the belief that music has an explicit connection to Language Arts. To achieve this end, every student participated in a 20 week SF Opera residency where teaching artist and classroom teacher co-taught lessons that integrated opera with comprehension skills. By the end of this projects every child had the ability to create and perform an opera with the ultimate understanding of how Opera relates to stories.
This project focuses on the need to develop the learning leadership of the arts specialists: music, visual arts, Latin American cultural arts, media, dance, movement. The goal of the team is to develop school unity through the arts. The first objective for the team was to develop a professional learning workshop for the entire Ramsey staff. The second objective was to establish an arts study group that would meet weekly.
This project was designed to develop the skills and build appreciation for the arts in both the students and teachers. It sought to improve students’ verbal skills (such as expansion of vocabulary and word usage), provide measurable improvement in students’ social and emotional skills (assessed through teacher observation, pre- and post- evaluations, etc.), and continuously refine and redefine the entire school’s curriculum map.
A new M+MI program has been implemented at the Atrium School! The MIENC’s work there is beginning with general music instruction, though we foresee the program expanding to include choral, original opera, and violin components as well.