Improving Academic Achievement

Created and developed by The Royal Conservatory, Learning Through the Arts® (LTTA) was launched in 1994. LTTA is now one of the most respected full school intervention programs in the world.

Learning Through the Arts® (LTTA) is a proven transformative educational program that uses arts-based activities to teach the core curriculum by providing teachers with creative tools to engage all students in math, science, language arts, social studies, and more.

LTTA brings specially trained artists, certified to help teach curricular requirements, into the classroom to work creatively in partnership with classroom teachers. Together they create lessons that make the core curriculum exciting and relevant to all students and learner types. For example, students are learning numeracy through dance, literacy through media arts, and science through music. It is now the largest full school intervention program in the world, reaching more than 377,000 students in the last ten years. Demand for LTTA continues to increase exponentially across North America and around the world.

At the conclusion of a three-year Queen’s University study, students in the LTTA program scored an average of 11 percentile points higher in math than their peers in non-LTTA schools.

With more than 45 studies on the effects of the LTTA program, the research has consistently shown benefits to not only students, but also teachers, principals, and LTTA artist-educators.

Our hands-on programs fuse the arts, cognition, and curriculum in multiple learning paradigms, and are proven to enhance the capacity of teachers to teach, the ability of children to learn, and the potential of schools to inspire.

LTTA is:

  • One of the most extensive differentiated instruction programs in the world

  • The only program of its kind to specially train and certify artist-educators

  • The only arts-infused education program to demonstrate proven results through academic research1

LTTA evolved out of the premise that schools that encourage teachers to make learning and teaching participatory, active, and connected to the personal interests and learning style of each student are the most effective in achieving academic, social, and personal development in these students. Teachers, like students, also learn best through direct, hands-on experience.

A professional development component is central to LTTA, offering:

  • Skill development workshops

  • Frequent in-class practice

  • Support by a team of experienced LTTA artists

LTTA programs provide teachers with invaluable job-embedded training and the best in-class field trips that students will ever have.

1 Includes over 50 academic research studies.

LTTA programs provide teachers with invaluable job-embedded training and the best in-class field trips that students will ever have.