What Is Musical Sprouts?

Musical Sprouts was “born” four years ago out of MBAW’s well-established Kids to Concerts series, with the goal to measure the impact of music and art on academic performance. The planned STEAM curricula (a merging of STEM and Fine Arts) works to open students’ eyes and imagination to a vast wild world of possibilities and engage them through hands-on activities built around international culture and fine arts. 

The program consists of a Pretest, a Kids to Concert performance, five STEAM lessons, and a Posttest. The lessons are designed to teach aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math as a bridge of the various academic fields within the specific country or culture of study. The segments are a journey that takes them from an introduction to the culture to a full immersion of the culture within the STEAM framework.

Musical Sprouts focuses on struggling TEKS objective in order to facilitate a better comprehension of those TEKS. This is done by using multicultural assemblies and specific lessons designed by a curriculum-writing team made up of local practicing teachers. The teachers work together to create exciting and unique lessons that build their comprehension of those TEKS, so that they can build their self-efficacy for the STAAR test. The Pretest and Posttest are given collect data for understanding. There are three segments throughout the year with five lessons per segment for a total of fifteen lessons and three multicultural assemblies.

PAST

For the past 3 years, Musical Sprouts has introduced separate distinct cultures to a growing number of San Antonio elementary schools. Research was also conducted to calculate the impact of the program. This three-year study consisted of one control school and an increasing number of treatment schools, following the same students from grade 3 to grade 5. The study hypothesizes that students of the four treatment schools will show improvement in TEKS comprehension, multicultural knowledge, better attendance, better conducts, better STAAR grades, and improvement in their English language development. In 2016, Dr. Eric Miller funded Sprouts for 2 years for one control and one experimental school. The first year, 3rd grade students participated in the program, the second year MBAW “followed” them to fourth grade, and finally to fifth grade in 2018-2019. In 2018, Musical Bridges Around The World received a generous grant from the Greehey Family Foundation for Sprouts, adding 2 more schools, which followed the same model beginning with 3rd grade.

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PRESENT

For 2019-20 season, we will implement a newly established curriculum on schools in the following districts: Devine ISD, Northeast ISD, San Antonio ISD, Southwest ISD, and South San ISD.

FUTURE

As we move forward into the next season of Musical Sprouts, Musical Bridges Around The World will continue to implement greater plans in partnership with educators around San Antonio.

Partnership with UTSA/UT Health Science Center

Musical Bridges Around The World has partnered with UTSA and the UT Health Science Center to conduct academic research study measuring test result data for the upcoming season of Musical Sprouts.

Belinda Flores, Ph.D.

UTSA College of Education
and Human Development

Becky Huang, Ph.D.

UTSA Department of
Bicultural-Bilingual Studies

Paula Winkler, M.Ed.

UT Health San Antonio
Director of South Central AHEC

Yangting (Tina) Wang

UTSA Department of
Bicultural-Bilingual Studies
PhD Candidate

“The students kept asking me all day when were you going to come back because they loved the lesson.”

MRS. BRUNO (4th-Grade Teacher)
Kriewald Elementary School

“I think it is really cool that the kids are learning about different cultures and having fun at the same time. And they are learning about science, math, etc.. I think the program is huge.”

PARENT
Devine Intermediate School

“This year has been a good year and I love the exposure the kids are getting of different cultures. These kids would not have gotten this exposure any other place. These kids don’t leave their neighborhoods and the fact that you guys get to expose them to STEAM is an added bonus. Excited about the next year.”

PRINCIPAL HIDALGO
Kriewald Elementary School

OUR TEAM

Anya Grokhovski, DMA

Artistic Director & CEO

Diana Tatu

Office Manager

Caleb Gonzalez

Director of Educational Outreach

Isabel Anaya

Curriculum and Data Coordinator

Corinna Quintanilla

Curriculum Specialist

Contact

For more information on becoming a Musical Sprouts school:
Email Caleb Gonzales
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Call (210) 900-3081.

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