All children reading at grade level through singing


A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization

The Rock 'n' Read Project


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


Professional Development
Learn fun, evidence-based singing strategies with coaching and feedback to use in the classroom with existing curricula

TUNE into READING Software (TiR) 
Implementation, support, data analysis


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Struggling Readers Make Stunning Gains!


Results of a 3-year pilot funded by the MN Legislature found phenomenal, statistically significant improvement in reading. After 14 hours of singing songs with a software program, 1/3 of 4th and 5th 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. This is remarkable because long-standing studies show that poor readers rarely ever catch up to their peers. 


The results indicate that singing is a key to closing the reading achievement gap.  Why?

1) Singing activates neurons in more areas of the brain than any other activity 
2) Music and language overlap in the brain 

3) Children who cannot keep a steady beat usually struggle with reading*


The pilot included 1700 2nd through 5th graders at 15 Minnesota schools.  TiR-users overall made statistically significant greater reading gains than non-TiR students.  Lowest-achieving readers made the greatest gains. Students who did not sing with the software did not make statistically significant gains.  See graphs here.
* Research studies 

*Auditory Neuroscience Lab, Northwestern University

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)