One of the most memorable things from my childhood was waking up to blasting musical theatre songs as my alarm clock. Almost every morning the stereo in the living room would be cranked with a different show. Whether it was Annie, Fiddler On The Roof, Les Mis, The Sound of […]
I had a wonderful opportunity to chat with Music Educator, Reese Barkhuizen last week and I wanted to share some of his ideas with you. So I interviewed this international concert pianist and teacher to get his thoughts on effective practicing, stage fright and why teachers with performance backgrounds might […]
Illustrator, Becky Simpson says it best, “Sincere enthusiasm is not bragging. Enthusiasm is contagious and gives others permission to do the same.” What helps create sincere enthusiasm? Taking part in the journey.
As an art teacher, there is more to what we teach than just an end product worthy of hanging […]
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…time to set up your classroom! You walk into a blank, clean space with so many decisions to make. Many of us, even seasoned teachers, spend more time than we want to admit checking out blog posts, drooling over school supplies and planning […]
Whether you teach drama, dance, music or art there is some kind of magical connection that the arts provides that builds a bond between student and teacher. While this occurs naturally, there are very specific techniques that arts teachers can use to create stronger relationships with their students.
If you are […]
Often when your little ones bring home a piece of art from school, camp or an after school activity it isn’t obvious what it is. So often what parents tend to do is say “oh wow…that’s such a great dog. Good job!” Then the child says “Mommy that’s not a […]
The first day of any new program, whether it is a summer camp, after-school activity or the first day of school is an exciting and nerve-racking time for the children. They are eagerly anticipating meeting you (the adult responsible for them) and they are wondering so many things about you….Are […]
Today my blog post to you is a little bit more personal. As you read this, I am sitting in a writing workshop with my dear friend and mentor, New York Times best selling author, Raymond Aaron. He wrote many books including Chicken Soup for the Parents Soul and Double […]
7 Reasons Why Theatre Improv Teaches Leadership Skills
1. THINKING ON YOUR FEET
Whether you are the C.E.O. of a company or you are working your first retail job, knowing how to think on your feet and tackle unforeseen circumstances is an important skill for any leader. As an adult, we have […]
Arts integration is more than just carving out some time for the “token” art lesson. It is about using the arts as a vehicle to reinforce the content of all subjects in a fun way. Children learn better and retain what they’ve learned when they enjoy the process. Drama improv […]