A growing body of evidence - based research shows that children who experience social emotional learning demonstrate increased success in school and in life.

Daniel Goleman

Emotional Intelligence


“Rock and Roll Academy demonstrates outcomes that include and go beyond the concepts of Social Emotional Learning. SEL competencies have emerged clearly in the self-reflection of students and the observations of the parents and school administrators.”

Dr. Bill Younkin, Independent Researcher

University of Miami


"RRA appears to be a keenly constructed method connected to SEL and Social Constructivist Research, with evidence of success grounded in authentic teacher experience"

Dr. Paul Atkinson

SEL In The Music Classroom

Cross-Case Analysis of RRA

RRA Case Study

Social Emotional Learning in the Music Classroom:
A Cross - Case Analysis of Teacher Experience In the Rock and Roll Academy
“Whether adopted by educators to promote SEL or chosen for the dual benefit of cultivating SEL within the music classroom, RRA appears to be a Dynamic and valuable program for consideration by schools.”

Dr. Paul Atkinson


“Memory strength is also a function of how much we care about the experience; we tend to code as important things that carry with them a lot of emotion.”

Dr. Daniel J. Levitin

This Is Your Brain on Music


  • Playing in a band is a social experience.
  • Playing music is an emotional experience.
  • By removing written notation, learning music becomes an intrinsically social act.
  • Students choose songs that they connect with socially and emotionally.

Five SEL competencies

SEL programming is based on the understanding that the best learning emerges in the context of supportive relationships that make learning challenging, engaging and meaningful.

  • Collaborative For Academic Social and Emotional Learning


Musical Experience Promotes Subcortical Efficiency In Processing Emotional Vocal Sounds

Perception of emotion in speech and music relies on shared acoustic and neural mechanisms, suggesting that extensive experience in one domain may lend perceptual benefits to the other. Accordingly, musical experience enhances perceptual sensitivity to emotion in speech.

In conclusion, we found that musical training engenders subcortical efficiency that is connected with acoustic features integral to communication of emotion. Thus, we provide biological evidence for musicians’ perceptual enhancements in detecting vocally expressed emotion…

New York Academy of Sciences, 2009


Multiple research studies demonstrate that social and emotional learning programs pave the way for better academic learning. They teach children social and emotional skills that are intimately linked with cognitive development. In the ideal learning environment, children are focused, fully attentive, motivated, and engaged, and enjoy their work. Such a classroom climate can be one benefit of SEL.

Daniel Goleman