Music Making Grant Awarded

UCLArts & Healing has been awarded a grant from The NAMM Foundation. The grant serves the Foundation’s mission to advance participation in music making and offer quality access to all people. As one of 28 recipients, the award will enable us to implement our Beat the Odd® drumming program to the entire 6th grade at Willard Intermediate School, a middle school in Santa Ana, CA, and fine tune methods to assess student outcomes during the 2019-2020 academic year.

The project, entitled “Beat the Odds at Willard Intermediate School,” aims to improve student social-emotional behavior and campus climate through implementation of a full eight-week Beat the Odds® program (customized for middle school) for every 6th grader, plus every new 7th and 8th grade student.  The delivery model at this school involves a single school counselor facilitating the program with groups of students pulled out of their PE classes. In addition, 7th and 8th graders, who have already experienced a four-session version of the program in the fall of 2018, will receive a single booster session.  The evaluation of outcomes will include new quantitative and qualitative data gathered directly from students, as well as data already being gathered by the school.

About Beat the Odds®:

BTO_Registered_Logo_WebBeat the Odds® (BTO) integrates the power of contemporary drum circles and group counseling to build core strengths such as focusing and listening, team building, leadership, expressing feelings, managing anger/stress, empathy, and gratitude. It is inclusive, culturally relevant, and does not bear the stigma of therapy.

To learn more about the Beat the Odds® program, visit our BTO information page, view the documentary trailer, watch a testimonial, and read publications and media articles featuring BTO.

Interested in becoming a Beat the Odds® facilitator? Sign up for our inaugural online training on October 26, or join us in person for either our fall, winter, or spring sessions.


About the NAMM Foundation:

NAMMF_Logos_Blue_webThe NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization funded in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its 10,400 members. The Foundation’s mission is to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit