The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz has developed MathScienceMusic.org, a website that offers teachers resources and apps to use music as a vehicle to teach other academic lessons. One app, Groove Pizza, allows users to draw lines and shapes onto a circle. The circle then rotates, and each shape and line generates its own distinct sound. It’s a discreet way for children to learn about rhythm and proportions. With enough shapes and lines, children can create elaborate beats on the app, all in the context of a “pizza”—another way to make learning math and music palatable to children. Another app—Scratch Jazz—allows children to use the basic coding platform Scratch to create their own music.
The award-winning Novel EffectiPadapp brings stories to life, promotes literacy, sparks imagination, and provides enjoyment for children aged 12 and under. The app follows the voice of users as they read aloud from children’s storybooks, and responds at just the right moment with music, sounds, and character voices.
The Sharon Gewirtz Kids to Concertsfund supports string education by inspiring middle school string students through direct experience with accomplished classical musicians. Mentoring programs and high-level concert experiences are two examples.