Inspire * Motivate * Entertain
Educate * Empower * Encourage
The Music in Me Program
Three Pronged Approach:
1. "Rap" on Reading Book Series
Launched by Ten-Time Grammy Award Winner Bobby McFerrin, "Rap" on Reading books engage children in reading by melding quality literature, rap and art. Each high interest, page-turning book comes with a free downloadable Read-Along Rap-Along Audio Narration full of music, inspiration and song. The multicultural stories captivate the imagination, while soothing the soul--always reinforcing the message that every child has a special gift or superpower inside, ready to come out. Colorful, whimsical illustrations, as well as relatable characters, well-crafted tales and toe tapping raps entertain both readers and nonreaders. These books are guaranteed smile-makers. "Rap" on Reading helps children to discover their passion, build on their strengths and find their voice. "Unleash your superpowers" with The Music in Me Foundation's innovative and holistic approach to education that reaches all students through the arts. Another aspect of what makes our children's books extra special is our live multimedia, multicultural presentations that bring our inspiring books to life, consisting of a live rap, dance, mime, drumming, dramatic narration and video in front of a dynamic set. Our stories are relevant, classic and timely with broad appeal.
2. The Music in Me Live Multi-Media Show
"Unleash Your Superpowers!" is a powerful blend of anti-bullying and literacy through hip hop, drumming and theater arts. This interactive presentation has been seen by about 40,000 people, taking youth on a journey as to where and how to discover their inner special gifts or what we call "superpowers." It’s a celebration of uniqueness and individuality, aimed to inspire unity against bullying, cooperation and creative thinking using different modalities of multi-cultural storytelling through words, images, sounds, music, improvisations and embellishments. After all, storytelling is an integral part of everything we do in life. We consider the fact that people don't all learn in the same way. Therefore, people don't tell stories using the same methods either. We all express ourselves in our own unique fashion and receive information based on how we’re wired and our own experiences in life. The Music in Me Foundation believes that every child has his or her own special gifts or superpowers. It’s just a matter of discovering them.
The Music in Me Program supports school Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiatives, focusing on being Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Learn. The foundation adapts presentations to accommodate individual audience needs. The Music in Me Teacher’s Guides are packed full of engaging, innovative and fun activities. The theme song of the show, "Superpowers!" was co-produced by Multi-Grammy Award Winning/Legendary Producer Chucky Thompson.
3. The Music in Me Interactive Digital Platform
Truly an innovative, cutting edge approach to education, The Music in Me Interactive Digital Platform supplies teachers, counselors and administrators with a meaningful measurement tool and data collection system to help students discover “their music” or strengths. This component is in development by our team of curriculum & research experts, as well as interactivists from Sesame Street. The objectives are to inspire, motivate, educate, empower, entertain and encourage students to stop self-limitation so that they can become successful lifelong learners.
The Music in Me Artist in Residency Program
The Music in Me Artist in Residency Program offers another holistic approach for students by mixing theater arts, music, drumming and dance to help instruct youth in writing, reading, storytelling, communications and art. The end product is the creation of a professionally published book by students, working collaboratively and discovering their voice and the publishing process as well. Most of all, empowering students by helping them discover their "superpowers." The Music in Me Foundation believes that each child has his or her own gifts. If we can help them appreciate themselves, then they can appreciate those around them too. Thus, creating a more unified community and decreasing incidents of bullying as well. Programs include in-school instruction with highly experienced/professional performing artists, writers and educators, field trips and other experiential events to give students opportunities to learn and shine! Individual audience's needs are accommodated.
Take Charge Program Anti-Bullying Workshops
Anti-bullying Workshops cover a broad spectrum of bullying activities:
Provide definitions and understanding of bullying
Help youth reduce bullying and its effects
Provide resources and coping strategies
Workshops consist of school age-appropriate materials addressing the definition and types of bullying behaviors, strategies to cope and prevent it, and resources. The objective is to provide youth with guidelines, expectations and strategies to deal with direct and cyber bullying attacks. Youth will be able to define, illustrate, and provide action plans for different scenarios:
* Why don’t kids ask for help?
* Effects of bullying
* Kids who bully others
* Bullying and Suicide
* Prevent Bullying
* Prevention at school
* Preventing cyber-bullying
The Music in Me Foundation’s partnership with the Take Charge Program is based on its widespread reputation for producing and implementing powerful programs. With anti-bullying as an integral component, its programs/workshops can be used as mechanisms for change for those who have been overlooked or neglected. Take Charge has seasoned professionals on staff, including mentors, educators, social service and mental health professionals, counselors, technology experts and grassroots civic leaders. This access makes the organization uniquely qualified to provide a high level of services to program participants. The partnership covers grades K-12.