School's morning music ritual becomes therapy for students

Every morning at this school begins the same way: By making something beautiful.


Each morning at South Avondale School in Cincinnati begins the same way, with all 452 students coming together to create one unique sound through music.

"People are working as a team," said Liz Wu, of the Cincinnati Arts Association. "They're working in groups. They're expressing their individuality and being creative, but at the same time, they're working together to create something beautiful."

The students handmade each of the instruments, and come up with the beat each morning as a team. The music is meant to help students de-escalate from issues they face outside of school.

It also enhances their social skills by relying on each other to create the sound.

"It fires all these different neurons," Wu said. "It involves coordination between these different centers in the brain. It lights up language centers. It lights up motor centers."

Principal Michael Allison also noticed a change in the students' performance in the classroom.

Allison said the students are more focused, and there is less of a call for discipline.

"Our goal is to make sure that they can cope with their emotions in a positive way as opposed to lashing out," Allison said.