Discover Music: Discover Life

Discover Music: Discover Life (DMDL), serving Chicago area schools since 2001, provides comprehensive services in Instruction, Academic Coaching and Fine Arts to students in grades K-12, as well as Professional Development for educators and Parent Involvement opportunities. The mission of our continuum of services is to enhance student academic achievement and life skills through supportive guidance and the implementation of evidence based instruction.

Using a direct instructional approach that connects every day life to music, our curriculum helps students improve perceptive listening, critical thinking and creative participation skills. Through practical application and integrated, standards-based content, the curriculum addresses national and state goals for reading, math and fine arts.

Our mission is to enhance student academic achievement and life skills through supportive mentoring, and by developing and implementing standards-based curricula. Our unique methods are presented from a perspective that if you meet students where they are culturally, socially and emotionally — powerful connections can be made academically.

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The DMDL method

Making the Connection with Our Students

Music connects us to who we are culturally, spiritually, and intellectually.
“Because students learn differently, our unique methodology uses music to address each multiple intelligence(Howard Gardner) as they interact. We teach students to listen, respond, think, connect, and create through music (Bloom’s Taxonomy). With Propel, music is used as an example, connector, and performance tool to help students understand literacy and math concepts. As such, this curriculum could not be considered a traditional music class. It is non-traditional…and innovative.” —Orbert Davis, CEO


Listening and Responding
Prepares the mind for learning.



Thinking and Connecting
Shapes understanding.



Confirms understanding.

Leadership & Staff

Our Team

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Orbert Davis

President, CEO

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Mark Ingram

Vice President, COO

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Dr. Lynnette Love

Director of Educational Programs

Chantel Blair

School Operations and
Academic Programs Manager

Catrina Conley

Catrina Conley

School Operations
Program Specialist


Boaz McGee

School Operations
Program Specialist

Janel McGrath

Janel McGrath

Education Programs Development Manager

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Jon Gowder

Office Manager

Joshua Ross

IT Manager
Level I Support Specialist

Arthur Turnbull

Arthur Turnbull

IT Consultant - Arturo Solo LLC
Level II Support Specialist

Now Hiring


Maria Lowers

Math Specialist

Joline Davis, Esq.

Director of Human Resources

Leaders in public and non-public education

Schools served by DMDL

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