Literacy and Music: An IndieGoGo Call to Arms!

Taking a break from NaNoWriMo posts to tell you all about a fabulous and important project over at IndieGoGo!

A few years back I was Curriculum Manager at LA County’s Music Center Education department and had a chance to work with Beth Sussman, a Juilliard-trained classical pianist and teaching artist. She’s done a lot of real, in-classroom work and research on literacy and how music and rhythm can improve reading skills. She wanted to figure out a way to make that learning fun and accessible to all. And so she came up with:

Joppity.

Joppity is awesome. Alongside her husband – Emmy nominated writer/director Bill Freiberger of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, Sonic Boom, The Simpsons etc. – and actor Josh Sussman (no relation!) of Glee and Wizards of Waverly place – Beth has created a delightfully animated, internet-based tool that will help kids learn to read faster and easier.

And it will be available for free.

As writers, we need readers! And we need good readers – the sooner, the better. If you can spare $5 or more dollars for something like that, please head over to the link above and see what it’s all about. Then give. And spread the word! They are in the home stretch and need your help.

Thank you!

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