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Immersive Music Challenge

Immersive Music Challenge

We're boosting reading & math achievement in high-poverty schools, while making children and communities healthier through music-based mentoring

THE PROBLEM

 In 2019, 63% of U.S. 12th graders could not read proficiently; 60% were not proficient in math. Poor reading and math comprehension limit a student’s ability to learn, to earn, and to effectively parent future children of their own. Poor reading and math skills underlie every form of social inequity. The pandemic made things worse; it led to widespread learning loss and increased students’ anxiety, depression, and social isolation, putting our students into crisis.

   


How can we give our students the support they need?

THE BOLD SOLUTION IS MUSIC-BASED MENTORING THROUGHOUT CHILDHOOD

  


HERE ARE THE FACTS

See: Holbrook, et al (2022), Music-Based Mentoring and Academic Improvement in High-Poverty Elementary Schools, Journal of Youth Development 

   


PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

 

Music instruction + mentoring, multiple days per week,
enables students to overcome the challenges of
learning to make music - together with their friends.

 


JOIN OUR MISSION

 

The D'Addario Foundation will help school districts and charter systems throughout the country implement effective music-based mentoring programs.


BE AN INSTRUMENT OF CHANGE

There is nothing more fundamental than education and health.
Invest in a solution that improves both. Support music-based mentoring
in our nation’s schools. Boost literacy and academic achievement
for ALL our children through the power of music.

 

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LEADERSHIP

Experts in the field of public health, music education, neuroscience, data evaluation and school district management have come together to support this challenge.

   

Margaret Martin, DrPH, MPH

will lead the Immersive Music Challenge, with the full support of the staff and Directors of the D’Addario Foundation. Dr. Martin is a UCLA-trained doctor of public health. She received the Presidential Citizens Medal in 2011 from President Barack Obama for founding Harmony Project, a high-performing D’Addario Foundation music program grantee. Dr. Martin has facilitated countless studies, including much of the research that inspired the Immersive Music Challenge, and has been a D'Addario Foundation Director since 2016.

Advisors

Ruth Perez Ashley

Deputy Superintendent of Educational Services, Long Beach Unified School District (retired). Currently the Owner of Ashley Consulting for Educational Services, LLC. Ruth Ashley led the successful implementation of Harmony Project in multiple high-poverty LBUSD schools.

Nina Kraus, PhD

Director of Brainvolts Neuroscience Lab at Northwestern University. Dr. Kraus led the neuroscience research with Harmony Project students that inspired the establishment of the Immersive Music Challenge.

Deborah Gilk, PhD

Professor of Community Health Science at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health and co-author of implementation research article which inspired the establishment of the Immersive Music Challenge.

Hannah Holbrook, PhD

Clinical psychologist, statistician, and lead author of the implementation research article which inspired the establishment of the Immersive Music Challenge.

Sarah Wass, MFA

Executive Director of Brightwork newmusic, flutist, music educator, former COO of Harmony Project National.

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