Term

Fall 2017

Capstone

Capstone Project

Degree Name

MAESL

Facilitator(s)

Trish Harvey

Content Expert

Katie Condon

Abstract

My research questions were: how can I use the content area of music in an intensive, El Sistema-inspired after school string program to increase literacy and improve reading comprehension for my students and how do goals for increased literacy and improved reading comprehension align with an El Sistema-inspired program with goals for social change? To answer these questions I present four areas of research: the connection between prosody and reading comprehension, critical pedagogy and critical literacy, El Sistema, and correlations between music training and enhanced prosodic awareness. I end by discussing my Capstone project, a music curriculum written for my students at Ascension Catholic School in North Minneapolis that includes goals for prosodic sensitivity, musical growth, community building, and psychosocial awareness and development.

Project Type

Curriculum

Keywords

At-risk Students, Curriculum, Music, Reading

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