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Opening Minds through the Arts

Opening Minds through the Arts | 2025 E. Winsett, Tucson, AZ 85719 | (520) 225-4900

How OMA Works

Arts integration curriculum at each grade level is determined by brain-based research, multi-intelligence learning and the neurological development of children.

A team of professional art integration specialists, teaching artists and classroom teachers work with all students in an OMA School.

Partnerships with artists, arts organizations and the University of Arizona strengthen instruction and promote collaborate bonds in the community.

The Tucson Unified OMA program recharges educators' passion for teaching and assists them in developing techniques that fully engage the multiple intelligences of all students.


Listening - Students work with an instrumental ensemble strengthening essential listening skills while enriching and reinforcing the kindergarten curriculum.

1st Grade

Language Development - Students work with opera singers to strengthen vocabulary and enhance reading/writing skills throughout the creation of original operas.

2nd Grade

Kinesthetic Awareness - Students work with dance artists to identify mathematical structures and concepts in music.

3rd Grade

Writing & Academic Skills - Students learn to play piano keyboards, Orff instruments and or/recorders while reading, composing original music and developing decoding skills important to language arts and mathematics.

4th Grade

Abstract Reasoning - Students study violin, developing their reading and fine motor skills.

5th Grade

Research, Create, Perform - Students compose, direct and perform original works that examine universal themes through an inquiry based learning approach.

6th, 7th and 8th Grade

Composition/Analysis - Students work with theater and dance artists, instrumental ensembles, and/or visual artists to create and perform original works. This improves students' comprehension, writing skills, and further develops their ability to use critical thinking strategies.

OMA Skills and Instruction per Grade Level (in PDF)


Student and teacher working at desk     students and teacher stretching arms out     student playing keyboard     violin teacher with students