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UH Moment: “Abiola Initiatives in Music Ed”

The power of music is far reaching.  One program at the University of Houston makes sure that reach extends to the youngest in our communities.  Here’s this week’s UH Moment.


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Three and four-year-olds at the UH Child Care Center are among the nearly 400 students receiving early music instruction through the University of Houston’s Abiola Initiative in Music Education.

While they are singing, the children are learning about rhythm and tone — important building blocks for future music studies, according to Kisa Parker, director of preparatory and continuing studies at the Moore’s School of Music.

“We see the kids having so much fun and we see them singing the songs about the rooster and the snail and all these things, and really what those are doing is reinforcing these fundamental musical concepts,” Parker said.  

AIME LogoThe Abiola Initiative, funded through a generous donation from the Abiola family, opens up the world of music to preschoolers in Houston’s third ward.

“Normally, the Head Start facilities don’t have the training, don’t have a music specialist to be able to provide the kind of music education we are now able to give them,” she added.  

In addition to introducing children to music, the program also provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate music students who can help teach classes as interns.

“The interns are really receiving this incredible on-the-spot training that many, many music education students wouldn’t get until their student teaching,” Parker said. 

The Abiola Initiative in Music Education is part of what is happening at the University of Houston. I’m Marisa Ramirez.

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