ME academy (SCHOOL)


 

We are seeking funding for a learning facility(s) that provides formal instrumental music education integrated across all academic disciplines: mathematics, science, literary arts and athletics to increase and achieve a significant impact on academic and student achievement.

This cross-curriculum infused integrated methodology explores these relationships to empower 21st-century learners:

MiE Corp has a curriculum design that infuses formal instrumental music education into common core subjects.  This curriculum is broken down into three strands: Create, Relate, and Assess supported by experiential learning and ultimately, student creation of their own products in the studio and performances.
Our curriculum design exposes students to relationships among music, the arts and other disciplines outside the arts.  The CCSS disciplines in Mathematics, Science, and English Language Literacy will be embedded in the curriculum.  

Instrumental Band 

Instrumental Band concepts will teach our students to sing and play, alone and with others, music from various genres and diverse cultures.  Students will learn instrumental parts, articulation, phrasing, and dynamics; rhythmic patterns.  Students will learn to assemble their instruments, identify all parts, care and maintenance and play individually and with others following notes and rests in the repertoire and chromatic scale.  Intonation, pitch, tempo, dynamics, style, and more will be taught.  Students will develop abilities to manipulate compositional elements of music and play improvised melodies and/or rhythmic patterns.  Additionally, students will create short compositions for their own instrument within teacher specified guidelines based on differentiation of student skill levels. 

Mathematics   

Students will engage in mathematical concepts related to Music such as patterns, intervals, ratios of waves, Fibonacci sequence, graphical analysis, pitch, trigonometric relationships.  There will be weekly lessons that include not only keyboard and instrumental connections, but also projects and activities that support mathematical interpretations found in Music.  Research shows that Math skills will be enhanced with increased music knowledge of patterns, scales, and notes sequences.

Physical Science

Students will engage in discussion and multiple learning strategies to process, make sense of, and learn from others’ ideas, observations, and experiences with respect to sounds and sound waves.  Students will compare and contrast musical forms and sound dealing with sound waves (.mp3, .wav).  Students will be introduced to these music file formats which are used today to record sound.  There will be text reading followed by discussion, and question and answer periods. Higher order thinking questions will be presented to students.  Students will complete problems and projects related to sound as outlined in the curriculum text. 

Language Arts & Literacy

Songwriting using new vocabulary words and grammar for lyrics will be utilized for student-created songs.  Students will be engaged in writing analyzing lyrics to their favorite songs utilizing cooperative learning pedagogy.  High student engagement is expected in this realm with student centered discussion and activities. This will increase literacy skills needed by our student population.  

Art & History Education

These disciplines are joined together to create collaborative themes through Music Theory, Composition and Arranging, Music Technology, and Art designs for student-created (MIE) multimedia projects.  The Art component will provide the opportunity for students to perform and/or present works of arts in dance, music, theatre, and visual art, in collaborative themes. The Music History component will allow students to think analytically about how past and present interactions of people, cultures, time and environment through the lens of Music.

Athletics

Athletics and its ethical values as an educational subject builds character and social skills like teamwork, cooperation and leadership. Students will have an opportunity to participate in sports teams:

football, baseball, basketball, tennis, soccer and swimming.
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 ME Studio and Community Outreach

MiE Corp“ will develop a music studio program with the students as part of the Creation phase of Bloom’s taxonomy.  Students will be able to demonstrate their consolidated learning by producing new and original work. They will design and construct new musical recordings using today’s technology to create multi-media projects such as school-wide concerts, community events, and a personalized digital portfolio.  This will create high academic interest, improved achievement and motivating career aspirations that align to the Common Core State Standards with College and Career Readiness.   

Assessment 

In the assessment strand, students will demonstrate the ability to listen efficiently to music from various cultures and genre, identify musical characteristics, identify sounds of their instruments specific to their ensemble, identify instruments by family type and use appropriate terminology to describe and explain music.  Teachers will employ evidence based pedagogical practices to assess students weekly.  Using project based learning techniques as well encourages student engagement, motivation, and participation for achievement.  Students will demonstrate their learning through band performances at the school and in the community.