We are so gratefully thankful to all the people helping us with this great project!
Final results from previous pilot are still not to be revealed but we can advance that the new document for the next music project is already finished, and we are including it here as information for those who wished to read it.
The final team is incredible, since we are working with a neuroscientist woman, specialized in music and also with one of the best language labs in Europe, call the Cognition Lab.
Our expectations for this new project are very high and we hope to receive all necessary funding from now until June. The project will be implemented in the next school year 2023-2024.
It is our pleasure to inform that this project was successfully finished!
The music program implementation was completed last June, and final evaluations were made during the month of July. Data is currently being analyzed and we hope to have results along trimester fourth 2022. A scientific article will be published soon too.
At the same time, this pilot project has helped us detect weaknesses on the program, acquire experience, and improve the project design to guarantee its effectiveness and correct resolution. We believe music can change internal neurological connections in the kids with neurological diseases and we are now in the process of finalizing the formulation of the continuation of this musical project.
This continuation will add knowledge, new evaluations, and team members, including language experts to identify new brain biomarkers, through functional magnetic resonances (MRI-f) and a very targeted musical intervention. We will keep you informed once the project document is ready to present and to fund.
We are proud to inform that music intervention started in February 2022. All the classrooms are benefiting from this project, which totals now 34 children!
The program intervention includes the practice of four specific songs identified as potential motivators for the areas that professionals are willing to develop in the kids: vocabulary consciousness, intonation consciousness and syllabic consciousness, to help them at the reading and writing process. These songs include different levels of difficulty, including wording recognition such as: ¨drink¨,¨rink¨, ¨pink¨, ¨link¨, etc.. It is funny to see the kids singing the songs around the school and even sometimes correcting each other with the ´pink¨ instead of the milk¨!
The intervention is set for 10 minutes at every music classroom and will last until June 2022.Initial evaluations have determined the base level of each kid and we will again, around June 2022, pass the final evaluations to see if there were any ameliorations and in which areas.
Last December 2021, Spanish journalists published a great article on the project which triggered many scientists and professionals to contact us. After this, we have looped in two new great volunteers, both neurologists from two different Spanish hospitals who want to be truly involved in the project, providing us with greater support.
These two new neurologists, together with the original team, are now finalizing the music intervention, which will start in February 2022.
We have currently six classrooms at the school, with 31 children, and the music teacher has already been trained to implement this program in every class.
Along January, we are also finalizing the initial neurological evaluations, which include testing all kids on: auditive attention, auditive memory, prosodic abilities, and the quality of their sleep.
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