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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Musical Sprouts is an educational program that measures the impact of STEAM curricula taught through the media of music and art in partnership with UT Health Science Center.
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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For 2020-21 season, Musical Sprouts will implement a newly established curriculum on schools in the following districts:
- Devine ISD
- Northeast ISD
- San Antonio ISD
- Southwest ISD
- South San ISD
Students will learn about three main segments in this school year:
- A focus on five world regions and their major cities
- African American culture
Each of these 3 segments is broken up in the calendar into 4 main parts in chronological order:
- A pretest
- A corresponding Kids to Concert virtual performance
- Once-a-week lessons for 3-5 weeks
- A posttest
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.
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