All children reading at grade level through singing

A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization

The Rock 'n' Read Project

A proven, cost-effective, fun way of leveraging singing to significantly improve reading skills, particularly among children who are most behind in reading.

We offer:

1.  Customized programs that provide training in how to use proven singing strategies with existing curricula and/or implement TUNE into Reading software (TiR).

2.  A free program using TiR software for elementary schools with a large proportion of students not reading proficiently and eligible for free/reduced lunch (funded by MN Legislature).

Contact us now!

Bill Jones, Executive Director             [email protected]             612-710-0651

2018-'19 Schools
Breckenridge Elementary (Breckenridge Public), Browns Valley (Browns Valley Public), Heron Lake-Okabena (Heron Lake-Okabena Public), Princeton Intermediate (Princeton Public Schools), Stride Academy (St. Cloud charter)
2016-'18 Schools
Bancroft Elementary (Minneapolis Public), Garden City (Osseo Public), Richard Green (Minneapolis Public), Jefferson (Minneapolis Public), 
Loveworks Academy of the Arts (charter), Hmong International (Minneapolis Public), Lucy Laney (Minneapolis Public), Mastery (Minneapolis charter), NE College Prep (Minneapolis charter), Odyssey (Brooklyn Center charter), Rothsay (Rothsay Public), Stonebridge International (Minneapolis charter), Tanglen Elementary (Hopkins Public), Tesfa International (Columbia Heights charter), Valley View Elementary (Columbia Heights)


Struggling Readers Make Stunning Gains!

1/3 of fourth and fifth graders who scored at the bottom reading level (Does Not Meet) on the 2017 MN Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) went up a level (to Partly Meets) on the 2018 MCA after singing and reading songs with a software program for about 14 hours. This is remarkable because long-standing studies show that poor readers rarely ever catch up to their peers. 

This phenomenal growth indicates that singing is a key to closing the reading achievement gap. Singing activates neurons in more areas of the brain than any other activity and many studies find that music-making is correlated with higher reading.*  Research by neuroscientist Dr. Nina Kraus at Northwestern University* has shown that children who cannot keep a steady beat almost always struggle with reading.

Funded by the Minnesota Legislature, the Rock ā€˜nā€™ Read Project has conducted a three-year pilot using Tune into Reading software (TiR) purchased for schools. Since 2016, 1700 2nd through 5th graders at 15 Minnesota schools have sung with the TiR pilot. TiR rewards students for singing accurately, and they learn new vocabulary words and take vocabulary and comprehension quizzes.

Results of an analysis of reading scores on both the MCA and the FastBridge aReading Assessment at nine schools in 2018:

  • TiR-users overall made statistically significant greater reading gains from 2017 to 2018 than non-TiR students. 
  • Lowest-achieving readers made the greatest gains overall.
  • Students who did not sing with the software did not make statistically significant reading gains. See graphs here.

For information, contact Bill Jones, Rock 'n' Read Project Executive Director. [email protected] 612.710.0651

*Bibliography of studies:

*Auditory Neuroscience Lab, Northwestern University