Acadiana Symphony Orchestra & Conservatory of Music (ASO) is committed to
the arts education experience of the children in Acadiana, by creating new and
innovative educational programs that assist in school readiness and promote
successful skills for reading at grade level.
is why in the fall of 2012, the ASO launched the piloting of Do-Re-ME! (DRM).
DRM is a comprehensive music education course for children in Pre-K and
Kindergarten. The course deploys a proven approach called arts integration that
teaches not only music but boosts the instruction of academic subjects.
The John F. Kennedy Center defines arts integration as "an approach to
teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an
art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and
another subject and meets evolving objectives in both."
DRM curriculum focuses on the impact music and musical instruction can have on
early academic development for young children.
DRM music curriculum developed by faculty members at the ASO Conservatory of
Music is an arts-integrated 30-minute class/week that is structured around the
existing LA Comprehensive Curriculum (academic), and the new requirements of
Common Core. Supplements to the curriculum include age-appropriate, hands-on
and media-rich materials, including live musical performances, creative
listening activities, games, and instruction through movement.
objective of DRM is that all students will meet or exceed requirements of
Louisiana state readiness testing within the following areas:
Reading Comprehension and Verbal Memory
Vocabulary, including for English Language Learners
Phonological and Phonemic Awareness
Writing and Print Awareness
Impact on Children with Disabilities
program goal is to see a 20-40% increase in preparedness test scores. Initial
results show a 60% improvement in the academic achievement, a 50% improvement
in social behavior, and a 40% improvement in parental involvement with students
in the pilot project. With such impressive results, the ASO was encouraged to
broaden the scope of the project; hence, Do-Re-ME! was born and expanded into
Acadia Parish. To date, this local effort has garnered public-private
partnerships and serves 1,000-1,500 students in Lafayette and Acadia Parish
Please click here to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Do-Re-Me! program.