Imagine an entire school—students, teachers, and administrators—taking time each morning to turn inward together and listen to a brief mindfulness prompt and world-class music. Mindful Music Moments works in partnership with world-class performing arts organizations, such as The Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, Austin Opera, and Starting Arts, to bring daily mindfulness and classical music to schools, generally delivered during announcements. Primary, elementary, middle, and high school participants enjoy an average of four minutes per audio recording. A Day 1 sample recording, “Fanfare for the Common Man,” is accessible online. The recordings for Days 2–5 of each week are shorter. Character strength tie-ins, fun facts, and prompts are offered for each week of music, and materials are available for teachers to use for repetition later in the day, if they wish. Also included are training for the entire staff on the science of brain development and the deep effectiveness of mindfulness and music listening, as well as communication to parents on how they can repeat the program at home. The website provides details about pricing and financial support for schools to help with funding the program.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in June.
The National Science Foundation STEM Guitar Project hosts free weeklong workshops for high school and college educators across the country. Mark French, Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University, had the idea to use guitars and music to spark interest in STEM.
“Coding, the Musical,“ by TechSpaghetti, is a freeinteractive app designed for iOS mobile devices that introduces children aged 4–8, specifically girls, to coding as they create characters and build musical story worlds.