Toones Music, Math and Play
Learning through Music and Play
Toones Academic Music (TAM) has designed an innovative curriculum for elementary school
students to improve students' academic skills. We have developed our curriculum and
teaching methodology on the basis of a research study lasting five years
The result is the Toones Methodology which teaches "Academic Music" wherein students
connect ideas through music and thus learn to excel in math and language-arts.
Learning through play comprises an essential component of the Toones Methodology.
The Toones program specifically targets children between the ages of 5 and 10 to help them
discover how music and play advances their math, language arts, reading and social skills.
The Toones program has demonstrated that it significantly improves student performance on
the California Standard Test (CST) for Math & Language Arts.
Students and parents alike love the program.
Read what they and others have said about Toones
We reinforce these concepts in learning through various activities:
All students receive short (two times 30 minutes) Academic Music lessons per week during school.
Those who attend more often receive more lessons and make the
most progress. Toones leverages these short lessons in several ways which
collectively set the foundation for the Toones learning experience:
- short lessons (10 minutes on average) take advantage of the shorter attention
span of young children;
- the lessons function as a short and enjoyable "break" away from other activities
such as homework or math studies; it is very common for numerous students to
want to have their turn at piano at the same time, and it is a testament to the
Toones approach that the converse is also true: students may be so enjoying what
they are doing that they do not yet want their piano lesson!
- consistent and frequent lessons provide the best reinforcement and support;
- students not in lessons often hear music that they themselves have played or
- students develop a sense of community and identity around their common experience
Children discover and practice basic math concepts, critical thinking and problem solving
skills with hands on activities. Music related activities and hands-on teaching help students
to achieve their full potential in Math & English. The Toones staff advances each child
individually, and Toones incorporates individualized tutoring, such as for homework or
special topics, as an integral part of the program.
Toones In Action
We make learning fun with music. Children learn various music games with lots of physical
movement. Through theses music games children learn to transfer key skills to academic
subjects. Key learning areas which transfer from the music games to academic study include
visualization of abstract concepts, counting, grouping, focused concentration, group
participation and socialization, and observation and analysis. In fact, one of the
guiding principles of the Toones Methodology is that Audio/Visual learning through the
music games is not only fun but also enhances the students' ability to learn and memorize
(Hear, Dance, Sing and Write).
Students continue to work on new pieces, receive additional help as
needed, and enjoy playing pieces already learned. The students view playing for each
other at the end of practice as a fun activity, and they also learn how to be good
listeners and peers by offering positive critique and support. As with the music
lessons, there always is no lack of volunteers to play for others.