Musical Gold in the Morning
Musical Gold in the Morning is a daily listening and learning program, introducing creative process to K-5 students with classical music played through the school media system. The program, designed as a supplemental music lesson for students, requires minimal classroom and teacher time and is easy to use.
The principal or lead educator may use an arranged lesson plan or may choose to play pieces according to the school’s specialized geographic and demographic needs.
The music and multiple listening sessions of the same musical section helps the student understand the shape and direction of melody, the energy of rhythm, the texture of harmony and the color of instrumentation. The listening skills transfer to classroom improvements. Teachers note students follow instructions on the first telling, without having to repeat themselves two or three times, as students learn to concentrate on things other than music.
I was in a classroom the other day; One student shushed everyone by saying, “Be quiet, the music is starting!” Monica Nelson – Chief Academic Officer, Amphitheater Unified School District
Students are fascinated by the “making of music.” Children learn that there is a human mind and spirit behind the music. This then carries them to similar idea creation and problem solving in other subject matter. I have had several teachers comment that the impact has been so positive that they would like the music to be played throughout the day.
Brucie Weigold – Principal, Donaldson Elementary
Learn more about how the program is impacting communities around the country. "Everyday Études" (Brummitt-Taylor Music Listening Program) video the San Luis Obispo Symphony, in conjunction with San Luis Obispo School District
Musical Gold in the Morning is one of the most innovative and cost effective programs for music education in all of Southern Arizona. On average, the program materials only cost about $500 (covered by SAACA) for daily music exposure for an entire student body up to five years.
The finely-crafted music speaks directly to children’s minds and prepares them for learning. Teachers note a major change in their classroom readiness after students hear the morning script and music.
Southern Arizona schools that have participated in the program include:
AMPHI UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Coronado K-8 School
Donaldson Elementary School
Holaway Elementary School*
Prince Elementary School
Walker Elementary School*
Wilson K-8 School
Harelson Elementary School
Copper Creek Elementary School*
Painted Sky Elementary School*
TUCSON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Blenman Elementary School
Banks Elementary School
Cavett Elementary School*
Tolson Elementary School
Miller Elementary School
Maldonado Elementary School
TANQUE VERDE SCHOOL DISTRICT
Tanque Verde Elementary School
Agua Caliente Elementary School
FLOWING WELLS SCHOOL DISTRICT
Walter Douglas Elementary School
CASA GRANDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Mesquite Elementary School