Programs. Pedagogy. Curriculum.
Inclusive. Modern. Prosocial. Accessible. Culturally Responsive. Therapeutic.
About Colorado Music Bridge
Music Bridge is dedicated to implementing a holistic model of modern music education to bridge access for diverse youth, provide economic opportunities and professional development for teaching artists, and support community resiliency with trauma-informed pedagogy.
We partner with districts and service organizations to provide ongoing partnerships and one-off events, increasing equitable access to modern music learning for diverse youth.
We offer professional development trainings for in-service teachers and community musicians to expand their 21st-century skills and knowledge.
We create innovative and accessible books, worksheets, instructional videos, play-along tracks, and presentations for use by modern music teachers and independent learners.
Music Bridge strives to make inclusivity tangible throughout our organizational structure, curriculum, and teacher training, with a focus on equity and empowerment. Teaching artists are trained to adapt their teaching methods to meet the unique needs of each student, ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to learn and grow through music. We partner directly with schools and organizations to meet students where they are already at. We are informed by the people we serve, tailoring our programs to meet the expressed needs of schools and interests of students. We know that representation matters—CMB teachers are diverse across the spectra of race, culture, gender, and sexual orientations.
The IMPACT Music Program emphasizes modern techniques and technologies in music education, such as digital audio workstations (DAWs) and electronic instruments. Students learn how to use cutting-edge tools and software to create, record, and produce their own music. The program teaches foundational skills that are relevant to the modern musician such as production, songwriting, and instrumental performance.
Our programs foster a sense of community and collaboration among students. Through group activities and projects, students learn the value of teamwork, communication, and mutual support, social-emotional skills that are essential for success both in music and in life. Music parallels the relationship between the individual and society.
The joy of playing an instrument should be simultaneous with learning music theory. Through the unique shape and color system in the Atlas workbooks and various curricular resources (lesson plan worksheets, videos, and play along tracks), learners quickly begin playing and composing music. Music Bridge is committed to making the IMPACT Music Programs accessible to all students, regardless of their socioeconomic status.
Our programs and resources incorporate diverse musical styles and traditions, exposing students to a wide range of genres and cultures. This approach not only broadens students' musical horizons but also fosters cultural understanding and appreciation, helping to promote inclusivity and empathy. Music Bridge is committed to creating a supportive and engaging learning environment for all students, regardless of their cultural background, and ensure that their needs and interests are reflected in the curriculum and activities.
Music Bridge recognizes the powerful therapeutic benefits of music education, such as improved emotional regulation, cognitive development, and social skills. Our curriculum integrates elements of social-emotional learning, mindfulness, and self-expression, helping students to develop resilience and emotional well-being. Our programs provides social-emotional learning opportunities that empower students to regulate emotions, attention, and energy through a trauma-informed pedagogy.
Based on Dr. Bruce Perry's "Neurosequential Model & Or. Stephen Porges *Polyvagal Theory'* applied in context to music education.