Date of Paper/Work


Type of Paper/Work

Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy


Occupational Science/Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Stephanie de Sam Lazaro


Occupational Therapy


The purpose of this project is to examine whether the linking of school music routines focused on literacy skills to home activities and programming is a viable and sustainable learning option for immigrant and refugee families, as well as to examine the sustainability of this program for non-musician staff at Learning in Style (LIS). (LIS, located in Minneapolis, a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates, St. Paul Province.) The project serves the adult English language learning students who attend LIS and their children who attend the childcare program. It will also serve the staff who will potentially carry on some of the elements into future years to serve future LIS students. The goal of this project is to encourage parents to implement music routines with their children and assess the sustainable of these routines. The project also aims to develop literacy-based music routines at LIS that staff can sustain once the project is complete. OTs' unique understanding of and role in the establishment and implementation of routines, as well as the evaluation and grading skills of OT, make OT students and practitioners uniquely qualified to contribute to this project. The remainder of this portfolio outlines the literature review, needs assessment process, interventions, assessment methods, and results of this Master’s Project.