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.”
If 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
“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.”
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:
Breaking Down Challenges into Doable Segments
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.
Many of the creators of the original Schoolhouse Rock series (Conjunction Junction, Three is a Magic Number) reconvened recently and compiled another series of musical cartoon vignettes. This educational DVD addresses environmental issues.
Thoughts on Music, The Universal Lessons of Music Education, Creativity, and Life