We inSpire, Inc.

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“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today”    -Malcolm X

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We Inspire, Inc. is a well-established 501 (C-3) non-profit provider of educational services, working in the Fort Bend area 2009.  We provide academic programming in the subjects of math, reading, and writing.  In augmenting the educational performances of our learners, we also provide piano instruction and music lessons. We routinely take our learners on field trips providing them with experiences that they would not have otherwise received.  Because of our programs, our learners enjoy higher test scores, and display improved behaviors.


We have developed a music program entitled, Math and Music Series I, or M&MS as part of our on-going efforts to increase student participation in music and other fine arts programs so often neglected during the regular school day, and we will provide complimentary piano lessons to learners of all ages in this community. One of the most uniquely essential components of our M&MS program is the requirement of learners to volunteer service to their peers as they develop their level of piano proficiency.  As each learner grows in their skills, they will assist in the educational or enrichment advancement of other learners.  For example, a student strong in math will assist another student who has need of assistance in math.  The two learners will work together in remedying this area of concern.  Another example would be if a learner has a strong talent in crochet and another student has a desire to learn, these two learners will meet to have the one teach the other.  As each learner engages in this collaborative process, they will begin to see how much each of them has to offer and how much they can learn from those they assist.  Thus, students actually help “pay” for their lessons provided in the program by developing a strong sense of pride in what they have accomplished, and by learning to share their knowledge with others.


When the conversation turns to the question of how does music play a role in the academic advancement of learners, we believe it is important to note that research has shown that music lessons increase student motivation, help learners to focus better, and solve problems more creatively. (<http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/content/3270/>).  Furthermore, in a study called “The Effects of Three Years of Piano Instruction on Children’s Cognitive Development” by Eugenia Costa-Giomi in the Journal of Research in Music Education (1999, 47 (3): 198-212), piano lessons were shown to increase spatial reasoning and perception in the first two years of the study (Critical Links, pp. 108-109, <http://www.aep-arts.org/resources/toolkits/criticallinks.  When coupled with a strong collaborative curriculum, the study of the piano advances student creativity in many educational endeavors across the board.  Consequently, this participation in piano study improves levels of academic achievement.  In addition, high SAT scores are present in environments where fine arts are a part of the curriculum and participation in music often prevents students from dropping out of school.

“If you are planning for a year; sow rice.  If you are planning for a decade, plant trees. If you are planning for a lifetime; educate the people”

Confucious


“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

― Nelson Mandela

“Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.”

― Napoleon Bonaparte