Full STEAM Ahead: The Integrated Arts Approach of Studio 9

There are so many incredible schools that are arts-focused. They have figured out a way to provide all the core subjects, but still with a strong emphasis on the arts, which as far as I’m concerned is the way it should be! So many children do not find their place […]

By |July 29th, 2017|Arts Education Interviews, Featured|0 Comments

Find Your Tribe

Yesterday afternoon I hosted a pool party at my house. It was great fun for the kids, but, as many play dates are, it was really all about the moms having an opportunity to get together. We chatted about parenting and husbands, high school reunions and family vacations. We shared […]

By |July 13th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

What Brought You Here? How One Arts Educator Changed A Child

A couple of weeks ago I had a conversation with one of my third grade classes about my elementary school music program. They were shocked to hear that music was my least favorite class. My elementary school years were a particularly tough time for public education funding, and arts education […]

By |July 2nd, 2017|Featured|2 Comments

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