Intermezzo: a movement between the major sections of an extended musical work
The Intermezzo Project is designed to help homeless students make the transition from a time of hardship to a time of success and happiness.
On a regular basis, homeless children and youth report that school is a home to them - a place where they see the same faces, sit in the same seat and can put their hearts and minds into pursuits that take their minds off their daily troubles and gain the skills needed to avoid poverty and homelessness as adults.
The Intermezzo Project provides music education opportunities to ensure that every child experiencing homelessness is successful - academically, personally, and socially.
The Intermezzo Project was founded by Charity Music Inc.
Charity Music Inc, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public service organization, whose mission is to help cultivate the next upcoming crop of young artists by providing Musical Instruments, on loan, to at- risk and disadvantaged youth wishing to explore their hidden Musical Talents.
The Michigan Homeless Situation
22,817 Homeless Children in the State of Michigan
14,682 Homeless Students Enrolled in Public Schools
1 in 24 Children Does not Know Where they will get their Next Meal
Homeless Children or over 10% more Likely to have health problems
Less than 25% of Homeless Children Graduate
The Study of Music has been shown to directly improve a child's performance and behavior in School
Academic Performance (Cognitive Reasoning)
A study of 237 second grade children used piano keyboard training and newly designed math software to demonstrate improvement in math skills. The group scored 27% higher on proportional math and fractions tests than children that used only the math software. Graziano, Amy, Matthew Peterson, and Gordon Shaw, "Enhanced learning of proportional math through music training and spatial-temporal training." Neurological Research 21 (March 1999).
Academic Performance (Standardized Tests)
Students with course work/experience in music performance and music appreciation scored higher on the SAT: students in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal and 41 points higher on the math, and students in music appreciation scored 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on the math, than did students with no arts participation. College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers. Princeton, NJ: The College Entrance Examination Board, 2001.
According to statistics compiled by the National Data Resource Center, students who can be classified as "disruptive" (based on factors such as frequent skipping of classes, times in trouble, in-school suspensions, disciplinary reasons given, arrests, and drop-outs) total 12.14 percent of the total school population. In contrast, only 8.08 percent of students involved in music classes meet the same criteria as "disruptive." Based on data from the NELS:88 (National Education Longitudinal Study), second follow-up, 1992.
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