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Title: K–5 Music Education Platform for Elementary Schools Without Music Programs
Center: NCER Year: 2021
Principal Investigator: Zax, Jacob Awardee: Edify Technologies, Inc.
Program: Small Business Innovation Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 8 months (05/01/2021 – 01/02/2022) Award Amount: $200,000
Type: Phase I Development Award Number: 91990021C0018

In previous research and development, the developer created MusiQuest, an app-based program for students to learn about, create, and play music. The research team will develop a prototype specifically designed to support the implementation of MusicQuest as a school-based intervention for elementary school students. The prototype will include 30-minute content modules, a machine learning-based adaptive engine that adjusts content delivery for individual students based on their level of musical skills, and a teacher dashboard designed to support implementation by educators without a formal music background. At the end of Phase I, in a pilot study with 150 students in grade three and six educators, the researchers will examine if the new prototype functions as intended, if the prototype adjusts to provide personalized support while students learn to create music, and if teachers with no musical experience are able to support students in engaging in the intervention.