Mindful Music Moments, a program to teach stress reduction and mindfulness techniques through classical music, served 4,700 students at seven local schools in 2019-2020. Nearly half of participating students were classified as disadvantaged, and 9% had limited English proficiency. Each day students listen to four minutes of recorded classical music and relaxation prompts at the start of each school day during morning announcements. Part music appreciation and part stress-reduction techniques, the program offers insight on the composers and music history while taking a moment to calm students’ minds and prepare them to learn. For 2020-2021, the Columbus Symphony expanded our sponsorship of Mindful Music Moments, offering the program for free to all Columbus City Schools and central Ohio pre-schools. Sponsorships of seven other local school districts already participating in the program were also renewed.
IN THE NEWS
PBS NewsHour: Can listening to classical music help kids keep calm?
The Columbus Dispatch: Classical music provides meditation moment for kids at Pickerington Elementary
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