The Rock 'n' Read Project
A 12-year-old struggling reader using with a software program designed to improve singing suddenly became fluent in reading. Subsequent research by the University of South Florida found that students singing with the software improved one year (on average) over nine weeks. The company then created TUNE into Reading tuneintoreading.com. The software won the 2007 Wall Street Journal Innovative Software Award.
See video of University of South Florida researcher Dr. Susan Homan (below right):
Minnesota State Pilot Shows Phenomenal Gains in Reading
1/3 of 4th and 5th graders who scored at the bottom reading level (Does Not Meet) on the 2017 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) went up a level (to Partly Meets) on the 2018 MCA after singing and reading songs with a software program for at least 13.5 hours. The graphs compare 634 4th and 5th graders in 2017-'18 at nine schools: 150 TiR participants and 484 non-TiR participants on 2017 to 2018 MCA-III reading scores. There was a statistically significant drop in Does Not Meet for TiR participants, and the lowest-scoring students made the most growth. In contrast, although there is some growth between levels for the 484 non-TiR participants at the nine schools, it was not statistically significant.