MusicianCorps – A Peace Corps for Music Education

A great story regarding the impact of music in the classroom. Interesting quote that echoes the sentiments in my book:

Their vision is to use music to teach “21st century skills like perseverance,  discipline and collaboration, ” essential elements on the bandstand and beyond,  he said. “These are the skills of the musician, ” Gallagher said. “They are also the skills you need whether you want to be an engineer,  an architect or an artist.”

Here’s the MusicianCorps “Theory of Change”:
“If people, especially young people in disadvantaged populations, are given opportunities to participate in ongoing music-making and service activities facilitated by musicians, they will gain important 21st century workforce skills and be more active in civic life.

If musicians are encouraged to serve as mentors and teachers, they will also become more active in the civic life of their communities.

Combined, these efforts will enhance education levels and employment possibilities among youth and musicians, as well as increase civic engagement among youth and adults in the larger community.”

Link to article

Link to MusicianCorps website

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How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement

classroom girl 1-5 x 2-25How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement: 1. READING AND LANGUAGE SKILLS 2. MATHEMATICS SKILLS 3. THINKING SKILLS 4. SOCIAL SKILLS 5. MOTIVATION TO LEARN 6. POSITIVE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT

From the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, by Sandra S. Ruppert.

http://www.nasaa-arts.org/publications/critical-evidence.pdf

Dave Wish of Little Kids Rock

child-violin1If everyone had the passion for music education that Dave Wish had, music would be accesible to all children. As Executive Director of Little Kids Rock, a non-profit organization reaching more than 20,000 kids in low-income schools, Dave is a great example of how one person with conviction cane make a difference. Listen to my interview with Dave:   Dave Wish Interview

Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music…Dr. Michael Gold’s Jazz-Impact Workshop

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(Book excerpt) From my colleague and friend Michael Gold. Check out his website to learn more about his “Jazz-Impact” workshop.

“What’s going on in jazz is that we are constantly taking the risk of prototyping new ideas. That’s what improvisation means. If we want to be a culture of innovation…we have to redefine how we take risks and how we think about risk.”

Dr. Michael Gold
Founding Principal
Jazz Impact

Jazz Impact Workshop
Jazz Impact Workshop

Learning Skills Children Develop Through Music

Dara Turetsky is one of 32 business leaders profiled in my upcoming book, Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music. Dara runs a successful music teaching business that stresses the use of music as a catalyst in developing efficient and effective learners. Here are the 4 key learning skills that children develop through music education, according to Dara:
  1. Problem Solving
  2. Breaking Down Challenges into Doable Segments
  3. Creativity
  4. Listening 

To find out more about Dara’s music instruction organization Colour Me Music and her teaching philosophy, click here.

To pre-order Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music, click here.

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