The Arts ARE Academic – A Difficult Conversation with My Principal

I am the music teacher where my daughter, Chloe, goes to school, and most days I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love my school. I think we do things right most of the time. I completely trust that my daughter is in the hands of people who will do […]

By |April 30th, 2017|Featured, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Nurturing The Skill Of Confidence Through Music

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 […]

By |March 11th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Five Ways to Cultivate Creativity in the Classroom

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.
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By |January 2nd, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

The University Promise – Reality Check

The University Promise – Reality Check
My daughter recently began her school career in Junior Kindergarten and since her school is JK-12, I received a newsletter outlining why I should send her to University. It made me laugh, but it also made me think about how many young people I have […]

By |December 3rd, 2013|Featured|2 Comments

Why You Should Stop and Think

Why You Should Stop and Think
I have been thinking a lot about habits of mind lately; patterns of thinking that we all develop over time. Just like physical habits, these habits are engrained in our subconscious and are meant to be automated, to make our lives easier. Generally, we don’t […]

By |November 14th, 2013|Featured|1 Comment

What is the Difference between Knowing and Understanding?

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 […]

By |February 22nd, 2013|Featured|3 Comments

Lisa Interviews Juno Nominee Peter Katz

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 […]

By |December 3rd, 2012|Featured|4 Comments

The Meaning of Choices

The Meaning of Choices
My father asked me recently, “How did your art school experience contribute to your career?” I thought about it for a minute, and the first thing that came to mind was that art school gave me the time to examine ideas and helped me understand where I […]

By |November 12th, 2012|Featured, Introduction|0 Comments

Who’s That with Martin Short? Our Newest Blogger!

Who’s That with Martin Short? Our Newest Blogger!
Why a Career in The Arts is What I’m Meant to Do!
By Vikki DiGiovanni, age 17

As I am nearing the mid-point of my final year of high school, the question “What are you going to be when you grow up?” resonates through my […]

By |November 5th, 2012|Featured|0 Comments

5 Things I Learned From Ken Robinson

5 Things I Learned From Ken Robinson
Education expert Sir Ken Robinson is more than a New York Times bestselling author. He is a dynamic public speaker and leader in the development in creativity and innovation. Now a professor emeritus of education at the University of Warwick in the UK, he […]

By |June 8th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment