Who is Texas Music Partners?
Texas Music Partners (TMP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and a Creative Learning Initiative (CLI) Arts Provider with MINDPOP1.
We offer musically-inspired programs to learning institutions at no cost so we can reach more students through our mission. Our goal is to foster a love of creativity in students starting at an early age, so it can manifest into accompanying careers, avocations, and hobbies. Creativity also grows self-confidence and intrinsic motivation in students, helping them be more effective learners.
We use a multi-pronged approach to incorporate music and creativity in the classroom setting.
Programs We Offer
We offer different courses by grade level to ensure we are meeting students where they are in their self-developmental journey.
1. Live Music in the Schools Program
- Workshops to teach students about a particular type of music, artist, or theme
- A live performance with professional musicians, to:
- Show how musicians work as a team
- Encourage students to participate in band, orchestra, or choir
2. STEAM Program
We use music as a foundation, integrated with traditional STEM subjects, to apply the STEAM methodology2 (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). This is to:
- Teach academic subjects (like English and Social Studies) in the context of music and art
- Enhance existing STEM curriculum, giving students a new perspective
- Encourage passions and careers in interdisciplinary STEAM fields
3. Thinking Outside the Box Program
Integrative Problem-Solving (Cognition-based)
We teach students the importance of handling challenges and building resilience in learning. Students improve their self-confidence and problem-solving skills through creativity-focused lesson plans and are encouraged to adopt a “growth mindset” in all aspects of their lives.
Why is our mission important?
Reaching kids in the education system is critical for early intervention in creative development. These early experiences can help unlock a student’s ability to connect to their inner passions, but also uncover new ones. Studies have shown that focusing on creativity and giving students imaginative autonomy in the classroom is not only linked to an intrinsic motivation to learn3 but can also support emotional development4.
Creativity is applied imagination, and innovation is putting creativity to practice. This is a crucial skill to develop in the younger generation, to prepare for the rapidly changing economies of the future.
“The education system has to develop a new emphasis on creativity and discovery to give pupils the tools they will need to cope with the fast and continuing changes in the nature of work, employment and growth in the world economy that lies ahead.”
– Clive Jones, Chief Executive, Carlton Television
Where can I learn more?
There have been numerous studies, talks, and articles published on the benefits of incorporating art and creativity in existing school curriculums. We list some resources here as a starting point, but encourage continued exploration in this topic, as this list is not exhaustive.
1MINDPOP – Empowering communities through creative learning