On Wednesday morning, the lobby of the Morton H. Myerson Symphony Center was filled with the sounds of music and deep breaths.
“When I’m not feeling my best, I just do what I have to do,” said Sarah Pina, fourth-year student at the Lawrence Institute. “Inhale and exhale deeply. “
“It makes me feel very calm and relaxed,” said Noah Gloria, a fourth-year student at the Lawrence Institute.
Students practice mindfulness to relieve stress and prepare to learn. Now they are bringing music into practice through a program called Mindful Music Moments.
“There is a lot of research showing that the way music connects to the brain creates this very primitive and calming curiosity,” said Stacy Sims, founder of The Well and Mindful Music Moments.
Mindful Music Moments is present in 200 schools across the United States. Dallas Symphony Orchestra collaborates with and funds 38-week pilot program for 10 Dallas ISD schools
“After such a stressful year, and even before the pandemic, with growing anxiety, we knew we wanted to be supportive in the community,” said Jen Guzman, director of education for Dallas Symphony. “Especially in Dallas ISD”
The program uses classical music curated by DSO to guide students through mindful meditation, helping them to focus and focus on learning.
The Mindful Music Moments program is open to other schools by contacting the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.