Do-Re-ME! program expanding to Acadia Parish
CROWLEY – While the battle to improve education throughout the state continues, Lafayette Parish and now Acadia Parish may have found a fun way to begin that process early.
Entering it’s second year, the Do-Re-ME! program, created by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra & Conservatory of Music, will be expanded from its pilot program at Truman Montessori Elementary in Lafayette Parish to the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes of Crowley Kindergarten, Rayne Central Kindergarten and Church Point Elementary this year, Executive Director of ASO Jenny Krueger explained to a packed Town Club at the Rotary Club of Crowley meeting Tuesday.
After remarkable success with a pilot program geared toward middle school students with the Acadiana Boys and Girls Club, ASO looked to use the concept of arts integration to increase and reinforce comprehension in reading, mathematics and history through the use of an art form, in this case, music.
As Krueger explained, the program is not a standalone music program. Instead, it helps the student learn through music — most of the time without the student even realizing he or she is learning while having a great time.
In its pilot program last year at Truman Montessori, the goal was to see a 20 percent improvement in the school’s kindergarten preparedness test scores.
At the midway point last year, the data showed ASO had met and exceeded its goals with a 30 to 50 percent increase in the scores.
This year, as the state battled over the budget, ASO was fortunate to receive some funding from the state, but as they have learned in the past, the best way to sustain funding is through data and community support.
So it is branching out this year to Acadia Parish and will fund the pilot programs only in the three parish schools (which will affect 425 people, according to Krueger) with hopes of a parish-wide expansion in the future.
It will then move onto other interested parishes and schools as ASO has continued to gain support and interest for the program. Krueger says the program will begin classroom visits Sept. 9.
The future of the program in the parish, however will depend on community support through involvement and particularly funding as it grows across the state.
“The spirit of the community is what is going to drive this,” said Krueger.
As she broke down the success of last year’s program, she showed that scores increased in all three sectors of language, math and writing.
In the language sector, a 30 percent increase was visible in the opposites section. In math, a 50 percent increase was seen in logical operations. Finally, in writing, a 40 percent increase in the components of writing was seen.
Krueger said ASO just received all the end-year results within the last week and it is projected the scores will smooth out to a solid 30 to 40 percent increase instead of peaks and valleys with the increases.
To learn more about Do-Re-ME! and ASO, visit http://www.acadianasymphony.org/conservatory/Do-Re-ME!/2013.
Earlier in the meeting, the Rotary Club of Crowley welcomed two new members. Inducted into the club were John Suire and Jackie Loewer.