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.
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The 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:
The pre-test evaluates student’s current knowledge and understanding to serve as a base for research that validates the program.
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.
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!
The post-test reevaluates the student’s knowledge validated through increased test scores and understanding of the culture and learning objectives.
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
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University of Texas Partnership
Musical Bridges Around The World partners with the University of Texas San Antonio: Health Science Center, College of Education & Human Development; and South Central Area Health Education Center to conduct the academic research study measuring the test result data that comes from the Pre- and Post-Testing at the start and end of each cultural learning segment.
Belinda Flores, Ph.D.
and Human Development
Becky Huang, Ph.D.
Paula Winkler, M.Ed.
Director of South Central AHEC
“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
Devine Intermediate School
Kriewald Elementary School