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Mind Meets Music uses music to boost academic performance in vulnerable schools

This week's episode of NPO Showcase features Mind Meets Music who uses music to boost academic and literacy performance with high-needs students

About NPO Showcase

NPO Showcase highlights nonprofit and government organizations and the work that they're doing in our community. The program is a feature of GRTV, a service of the Community Media Center, with producer and host Adrian Hirsch. You can catch it on GRTV on Saturdays at 8 AM and 6 PM and can view past episodes on Grand Rapids Community Media Center website. If your nonprofit would like to be interviewed on NPO Showcase, please contact Adrian Hirsch.

Dr. Monique Salinas and Dr. Daniel Stauffer on NPO Showcase

Dr. Monique Salinas and Dr. Daniel Stauffer on NPO Showcase /GRTV

In this week’s segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, Dr. Monique Salinas and Dr. Daniel Stauffer from Mind Meets Music discuss how the organization is using music to boost academic performance and literacy skills in underprivileged student populations.

Mind Meets music focuses on preschool through second grade students to increase engagement throughout their educational careers. By working directly with area schools, Mind Meets Music programs are brought directly to the classroom. The 30 minute in-class sessions do not replace existing music programs, but are focused on using art to connect students with their general education and literacy growth.

Mind Meets Music partners with the United States Department of Education and WestEd for performance evaluation and program reach. Data collected from participating schools shows achievement beyond the projected performance growth. Between positive educator feedback for its programs, and a number of community awards, Mind Meets Music is poised to expand and reach more students and schools in the coming years. To learn more about Mind Meets Music's approach, watch the NPO Showcase segment, and attend the Arts Alive event on August 9 at Grand Valley State University.

Check back next Wednesday for a new segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, featuring North Kent Connect.

NPO Showcase is just one of the many ways that the Community Media Center serves the nonprofit community. For information about this and other CMC services for nonprofits, or to schedule a future interview, contact Nonprofit Outreach Coordinator, Adrian Hirsch, at 616-459-4788 x105 or email [email protected].

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