Any Given Child Madison

Madison is proud to be the 12th city in a growing network of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child cities committed to ensuring our students have a quality, well-rounded education that provides access to the Arts.

An education that includes the Arts:

ENGAGES students and increases their learning and achievement

DEVELOPS essential skills that prepare our students to be successful in the 21st century workforce

PREPARES students to become productive members of their community

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Building Reading Comprehension Through Sound and Rhythm

  • Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall 201 State St Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

With Kennedy Center Teaching Artist Imani Gonzalez

Art form:  Music

Appropriate for Grades 1-5 teachers - Targeted Grade 2

Enhance student learning by using sound and rhythm to explore ways to help students develop reading comprehension strategies and make connections between music and language. Teachers are guided through a process to help students create a Soundscape, a way to retell the story that connects students to the story’s tone, mood, seng, and the characters’ culture(s). This learning process will help students attend to sensory images, use questioning strategies, respond to inference, and determine importance which helps students develop a better understanding of the text. Students will develop listening skills through collaboration, build interpretation and oral presentation skills through communication, and improve reading fluency through creativity. See how music can make full use of these skills through students’ aural, visual, analytical, creative and social intelligences. Your students will attain a new level of comprehension when they experience seeing, hearing, and feeling through their reading! 


Workshop 1: October 28th, 4:30-7:30 pm

Workshop 2: October 29th, 4:30-7:30 pm

MMSD Educators: To register, click here

Registration is currently open to only MMSD educators. Approximately one week prior to the event, we will open the workshop to the public, if space is available. Please contact Ray Gargano at