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Center for
Lifelong Music Making
Want to Teach Reading and Math?
Try Singing!

Learn strategies to cross-train the brain and dramatically raise achievement by practicing math and reading skills through singing, playing games, and research-based Affirming Parallel Concepts™

Video about a parallel program

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Elizabeth Olson, Ph.D. is a retired Minneapolis Public Schools music teacher. Affirming Parallel Concepts™ is based on her dissertation research.

Ann C. Kay teaches an early childhood music class, directs a choir, and works for The Rock 'n' Read Project, a nonprofit dedicated to using singing to unlock children's potential for reading and learning.


Thank you for teaching one of the best classes I have ever taken! My kids...are still loving school and the singing is a big part of it. Their fluency has gone up.

Lincoln was #1 in the increase in phonemic awareness from fall to winter...al ALL the Minneapolis schools. Coincidence? I think not! I think singing!!!!!

When I applied singing...with my (H.S.) students, it was as if a bomb of enthusiasm had struck the class.

This has been the most helpful class that I have ever taken that has been offered during the school year...in all the classes I have taken over my 26-year career, this is the only class to which I have ever looked forward.

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