Confidence is such an important skills for young people to be able to demonstrate as they grow up and start entering the job marketing. But like any skill it is like a “muscle” that needs to be worked. A young person’s ability to stand out and come across as confident […]
5 WAYS TO CULTIVATE CREATIVITY IN THE CLASSROOM
Creative classrooms don’t just happen. They are fostered, day by day, by teachers and administrators who truly value the (sometimes loud, messy and unpredictable) creative process. As a public school music educator for 15 years I have worked with classroom teachers who set up their students for creative success and also those who have not. The difference is clear when they come to my classroom for music each week – I see it in the risks they are willing to take, the amount of struggle they can handle before getting frustrated, whether they see challenges as an opportunity or a burden, and even how they interact with each other.
The Problem With Your Arts Career
This is going to be a bit of a different blog post than I usually write as often I focus my attention on leadership skills and their connection to the arts. Today I want to write directly to those of you who are professional artists […]
Raising Creative Children in a Type-A World
I am going to begin this blog by making a confession…when it comes many aspects of my life – my teaching life especially – I am totally Type A. I need order. I crave predictability. I function best when I am the one in […]
Boredom, to be or not to be?
I recently read an article on the BBC website by Hannah Richardson about boredom in children and I was intrigued. The thrust of the article was that, “Children should be allowed to get bored.”
As a kid, I don’t ever remember being bored, except maybe […]
What is the Difference between Knowing and Understanding?
I recently read a discussion on LinkedIn about this question and it reminded me of why the arts are so important to preparing children for their future.
Knowing in its traditional North American definition, means being familiar with something. Having the facts in your […]
Relational Capital – How Much Do You Have?
In my last post I mentioned that I was at a business conference, Mega Partnering. Well, I’ve been back for about a week and since the jet-lag is now behind me I am itching to share with you what I learned.
I had the […]
Lisa Interviews Juno Nominee Peter Katz
As I mentioned last week, I have known Peter Katz since 2008, but I never had the chance to really talk to him in depth about his experiences as a musician. I thought that I would do it in an interview format so I could […]
What if Money Didn’t Matter?
I recently watched an incredible short video (which is embedded above so you can watch it) based on the question, “What if money didn’t matter?” Wow, what an amazingly powerful piece! As I write this, I’m sitting in my hotel room in Los Angeles at Mega […]
The Balancing Act of an Arts Career
On Thursday night I finished shooting a short film with Humber College Film School. We spent four days on set. It was such an amazing four days filled with laughs, hard work and tears. It’s a very powerful film about the relationship between 2 […]