Start-up takes aim at music education funding cuts.

J Squared Multimedia launches Interval Runner, the first of four music apps.


At least one start-up is deeply concerned about continued cuts to music and arts education across the country. While economic indicators show a US Economy gaining steam, and school budgets are returning to pre 2007 levels, funding has not been restored for music education programs at the same rate. In fact, many districts have experienced further cuts or have seen programs dropped entirely.

J Squared Multimedia is meeting this challenge head-on in late November by launching Interval Runner, an ear training app designed to help individuals master musical intervals. They plan to launch three additional music apps within the next year.

Founders Jack Sharman and Jennifer Robinson will be exhibiting their app, giving away a full length album, and speaking with potential investors on Tuesday, November 3rd , as part of the Alpha start-up program at Web Summit. Their booth can be found at D114 in the Downtown area.

“Cuts to music education should be cause for grave concern among the tech community,” Robinson states. “When study after study links early exposure to the arts, especially music, to success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Many of the most successful leaders in Silicon Valley are practicing musicians. Without music education, students lose the ability to develop an intuitive understanding of mathematical relationships, while combining those skills with creative expression. Those are exactly the traits we need to cultivate in order to raise up the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.”

J Squared is working to make sure that students of any age will have access to those fundamental musical building blocks, whether or not their schools offer music.

“One app may seem small, but we have big plans,” Robinson states. “By this time next year, we’ll have launched four apps covering the fundamental building blocks of music. The fun really begins in year two. Once individuals have mastered the basics through our apps, we plan on engaging them in interactive, collaborative play that develops critical thinking and creative problem solving, as well as offering an outlet for creative expression.”

About J Squared Multimedia

J Squared is the love child of composer/programmer Jack Sharman, and opera diva/entrepreneur, Jennifer Robinson. Their work is infused with adventure, curiosity, and fun; whether composing music or crafting software. Find out more about J Squared at Connect with them on Twitter @J2Jenn

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