San Antonio has the highest poverty rate out of the 25 largest metro areas in the country with nearly twice as many economically disadvantaged students than the statewide average (US Census, 2019). Musical Sprouts is an innovative educational engagement program that introduces under-resourced children to distant cultures and tests the efficacy of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math curricula in partnership with the University of Texas.

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

Musical Sprouts brings three (3) culturally-specific learning segments per school year to the classroom. Each segment is broken up into four (4) main portions:

Pre-Test

The pre-test evaluates student’s current knowledge and understanding to serve as a base for research that validates the program.

Concert Performance

A Kids to Concert live performance at the school from world-class artists introduces the students to the music, dance, and art of the specific culture and/or country.  

Classroom Lessons

Students dive deep into the culture with 5 STEAM-enhanced lessons, designed to teach aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Each lesson includes a video lesson to start each off, integrated TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills), and more!

Post-Test

The post-test reevaluates the student’s knowledge validated through increased test scores and understanding of the culture and learning objectives.

LATEST EBOOKS

Check out the latest all-encompassing Ebooks that include concert videos and a five lesson plan all centered around countries/cultures.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION

Musical Bridges Around the World is a Texas Education Agency-approved continuing professional education (CPE) provider for the State of Texas. MBAW is approved to provide CPE hours for certificate renewal to educators, helping train teachers involved in the Musical Sprouts program.

    PROGRAM HISTORY

    Musical Sprouts has introduced separate distinct cultures to a growing number of elementary schools in Bexar County and the surrounding area.

    Starting in 2016, Dr. Eric Miller funded the program for 2 years for 1 control and 1 treatment school. Starting with 3rd grade students, Musical Sprouts then followed these same students into 4th and 5th grade. In 2018, Musical Bridges Around The World received a generous grant from the Greehey Family Foundation for Sprouts to expand to 4 treatment schools, which followed the same model beginning with 3rd grade.

    Research was also conducted during this time to calculate the impact of the program, implementing a three-year study consisting of the 1 control school and 4 treatment schools. Following the students from grade 3 to 5, the study hypothesized that treatment schools students would show improvement in TEKS comprehension, multicultural knowledge, better attendance, better conducts, better STAAR grades, and improvement in English language development. 

    In 2019, Musical Bridges Around the World was awarded a High Impact Grant from Impact San Antonio, which allowed the program to expand immensely!

    In early 2020, Musical Sprouts curriculum delivery shifted from printed material to an online eBook format because of the COVID-19 outbreak. This format has proven to be a more accessible option even as students return back to in-person classrooms. 

    For the 2021-22 school year, the program is currently serving the following school districts:

    • Devine ISD
    • Northeast ISD
    • San Antonio ISD
    • Southwest ISD
    • South San ISD

    Click Here To See Sprouts Test Results From Previous Years

    Musical Sprouts Educational Team

    Testimonials

    Anya Grokhovski, DMA

    Artistic Director & CEO

    AWILDA I. RAMOS, MD, Col.

    Board Member 

    Caleb Gonzalez

    Director of Educational Outreach

    Jennifer Reed-Martinez

    Director of Community Engagement

    Diana Osborne

    Office & Grants Manager

    Corinna Quintanilla

    Curriculum Specialist

    Contact

    “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

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

    Impact SA
    Impact San Antonio is a collective-giving grant-making organization that empowers women to make the most of their charitable donation to impact the Greater San Antonio community and the nonprofits that serve it.
    Texas Commission on the Arts
    H.E.B
    Texas Cavaliers
    Council Project Funds
    rackspace
    Alice Kleberg Reynolds
    Department of Arts & Culture
    National Endowment for the Arts
    Ford Foundation
    Kronkosky
    The Brown Foundation, Inc.
    Joan & Herb Kelleher

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