Music discontinued in schools and art classes on the decline

Would you like to see this headline in the newspaper or on the local news in the near future?  Well, it’s becoming more of a reality every year.  More and more schools are taking their budget shortfalls out on music and art programs and soon these programs may be a distant memory for central Texas students.


One excuse is that they are shifting funding to STEM programs when in reality it has been shown that adding the arts to STEM education (STEAM) produces far better results in our students’ learning abilities and better prepares them for tomorrow’s workforce.  See an example of this here.


One way that the community is fighting this trend is by having nonprofits and other organizations come into the schools and provide arts introduction and training to the students.  Texas Music Partners is one of those organizations trying to promote STEAM education and letting the students try different approaches to help our kids find a creative passion and be active in the community through music.


Texas Music Partners offers our courses to the schools for free and we rely on our generous donors to accomplish this task.  We appreciate our donors very much as we cannot accomplish our mission without them.  Unfortunately, there are too few of these individuals and businesses for us to really make a dent and we need your support to reach these students and help them become a creative and successful part of our future.



Consider it an investment in our community’s future, or paying it forward.  Either way, we help our kids become successful adults and invest in our community for the next generation.


December 3rd is #GivingTuesday and we ask that you please make a small investment in the future of central Texas by making an individual donation or starting an affordable monthly donation to Texas Music Partners.  Your gift of $5, $10, $25 or more will do so much to help our students stay creative, think outside the box and show them how we invest in our community’s future.


It’s easy and there are 3 ways to donate.

  1. Click on the Donate button to donate through PayPal in the upper right-hand side of the window.
  2. Click on the Donate Now button to donate through Amplify Austin in the upper right-hand side of the window.
  3. Click here donate through Facebook fundraiser (until Dec. 6). If you donate on Dec. 3rd, Facebook will match your donation!!


Thank you for your time and we hope that you have a wonderful holiday season!


Music Education Key to Enhanced Skills and Development



It would be hard to imagine a childhood without music, but sadly, because of budgetary restraints and a focus on standardized testing in the school systems, many districts are cutting arts programs from their curriculum. With the focus on preparing for successful careers with specific skills and the emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), music education, especially, is becoming deemphasized.


Eliminating the arts in the array of subjects a child studies can be a big negative, as many researchers will attest. The recent inclusion of the arts as the “A’ in the more contemporary acronym, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), is an example of how many now see the arts as a necessary and complementary discipline to the sciences that helps develop a well-rounded, creative student.


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What Ever Happened To The Pop Song Fade-Out?



– The History Behind Bringing A Song To Silence –


Pop songs can end in a variety of ways, but the two most common are the cold ending, where the music ends abruptly, and the fade-out, where the volume of the music slowly decreases until silence is reached. But who first came up with the fade-out approach in music?


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Documentary showcases power of music education to raise young people out of poverty



The power of music education was showcased this week at Liberty Hall in Tyler through a documentary featuring impoverished Venezuelan children rising up out of violent slums.


Although East Texas offers a completely different environment, some Tyler community leaders say the program, or one like it, could be duplicated here for the benefit of children.


For Hispanic Heritage Month, the Hispanic Professionals Association of Tyler and the East Texas Symphony Orchestra on Thursday screened “El Sistema,” a film about the program of the same name that takes children from poor communities and turns them into world-class musicians.


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From Hip-Hop To Harmony, Music Has A Place In Science Education



Keynote speaker Edmund Adjapong spoke about Hip-Hop Based Education, and the method’s success in engaging students with educational topics by having them engage and participate than forcing Hip-Hop into the curriculum.  As an example, he talked more about the Science Genius rap battles, first held in New York City. The format is a friendly competition, in which students are judged not only on their performance and lyrical skills, but also on the scientific quality of their lyrics. Adjapong said that they’ve seen students who previously showed little interest in science suddenly start researching topics outside of the mandatory curriculum just to make their rap more interesting and scientific.


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TMP Partnering with Perez Elementary and ACE


Texas Music Partners partnered with Perez Elementary and the ACE after school program this fall. We all had a good time and learned a thing or two over the 9-week session. Some of the subjects we covered include Editing Photos of Musicians on a Tablet – I (4 weeks) and How to be a DJ Using a Tablet – I (4 weeks).


TMP would like to thank Kara Mitchell-Santibanez (Principal) and Rhonda Jones (Ace Director at Perez) for their generosity and support.


Next semester we are confirmed to be at Williams and Langford elementary schools.


Included are some pictures of Perez students getting into the How to be a DJ using a tablet course.


For information on partnering with TMP click here.



How Schools are Changing to Improve STEAM Learning



As STEAM learning has grown in prominence in classrooms across the country, so have the tools and resources facilitating this approach to learning.


This article illustrates five examples of how technology is supporting the integration of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics in classrooms today.


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There’s No Such Thing as a Bad Math Student



Math is a notoriously hard subject for many kids and adults. There is a gender gap, a race gap, and just generally bad performance in many countries.


John Mighton, a Canadian playwright, author, and math tutor who struggled with math himself, has designed a teaching program that has some of the worst-performing math students performing well and actually enjoying math. There’s mounting evidence that the method works for all kids of all abilities.


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Start-up of the Day: Helping the Brain via Music



Music is one of the oldest art forms known by humankind. While it might be difficult, maybe impossible, to know how prehistoric music sounded, we do know it was around. Throughout history, it has been used for entertainment, magic, rituals and religion among many other functional and non-functional practices. The Spanish start-up Sancal Method (Método Sáncal) is using music as a tool for developing cognitive abilities.


The powerful effect that music is able to have on the brain is well-known. For example, music can help with memory, pain reduction or stress relief. Although music goes beyond the act of just listening; playing it also counts. This young start-up is working under the principle that learning to play a musical instrument is one activity that can have the biggest impact on our brain. As such, it has the power to develop and strengthen the brain. This might not represent anything new on its own. Yet when it is combined with the digital technology developed by the start-up, it is possible to not only track cognitive development of people through music, but also to help those suffering from cognitive disorders or diseases that affect these functions, e.g. cancer.


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Learning and Making Music Has Never Been So Easy or Fun



Gismart – a leading developer and publisher of entertainment focused apps and games – launched two new music educational apps on the AppStore: Go Drums and DJ it!. This is a new addition to Gismart’s portfolio of edutainment products, the first one being Hello Piano. Launched in 2018, Hello Piano has since been numerously featured among the best educational products by App Store editors in 80+ countries worldwide.


“After the success of Hello Piano, a quiz-style educational app for learning the piano, we were confident to continue our educational series. We focused on creating the right balance of theoretical modules and practical lessons through mini-games to help users dive into the drumming and DJing realms easily,” – says a Gismart representative.


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