Dallas Symphony adds Mindful Music Moments program for students, in partnership with school district

Posted on: October 4, 2021

“The Morton H. Myerson Symphony Center lobby was filled with the sound of music and deep breathing on Wednesday morning,” reports Noelle Walker in Wednesday’s (9/29) KXAS-TV (Dallas/Fort Worth, TX). “ ‘When I’m not feeling my best, I will just do what I have to do,’ Lawrence Institute fourth-grader Sarah Pina said. ‘Take deep breaths in and out.’ … The students practice mindfulness to release stress and prepare themselves to learn … through a program called Mindful Music Moments…. Mindful Music Moments is in 200 schools across the United States. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is collaborating with and funding the 38-week pilot program for 10 schools in Dallas I.S.D. [Independent School District] ’After such a stressful year, and even before the pandemic, with anxiety rising, we knew we wanted to be a support in the community,’ Dallas Symphony Director of Education Jen Guzman said. ‘Especially at Dallas I.S.D.’ The program uses DSO-curated classical music to lead students through mindful meditation, helping them center themselves and focus on learning.”