Tag Archives: Benefits of the Arts

Sunday Journal: Fine Arts Can Teach Crucial Life Lessons

This article by Ronnie Sanders, a member of the fine arts faculty at Jefferson High School in San Antonio and an appointee to a sub-Committee of the Texas Commission on the Arts, echoes the sentiments we express here often on the benefits of music and arts education. My takeaways and key points included:

 – “The arts do not exist simply to perform; the arts exist to transform.” (great line!)

 – “We use music to make better students who are ready to use the skills they learn in fine arts classes in order make a significant contribution in a global economy of thinkers, creators and problem-solvers.”

 – “Far from being superfluous, the arts are now regarded as a necessary component of a well-rounded quality education.”

 – “Our children are not mere statistics or cold, calculated averages. At the core of every student is a heart with a desire to excel in life — and the arts are here to help them accomplish their dreams!”

Read the entire article at MySanAntonio.com

Visit Ronnie’s website

Melody Gardot Interview Part 1 (Verve Recording Artist Discusses Music Therapy)

At the age of 19, Melody Gardot was struck by an SUV while riding a bicycle in a nearly fatal accident. In this interview, Melody discusses her amazing story of how music therapy faciliated her recovery, and ultimately led to a career as a world-renowned recording artist on the Verve recording label.

The interview is conducted by Craig M. Cortello, The “Business Musician” for a series of podcasts entitled Potential of Music that illuminated the benefits of music and music education.

Arts Education & the Changing Workplace

“The nation’s top business executives agree that arts education programs can help repair weaknesses in American education and better prepare workers for the 21st century.”

“The Changing Workplace is Changing Our View of Education.” Business Week, October 1996.

“FROM THE BAND ROOM TO THE BOARDROOM…The 9 Common Lessons of Music Education That Translate into Success”

Free E-Book: Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music

Free E-book!

My book Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music is now available for viewing or download at Google Docs (.pdf file). Please spread the word to music students, educators, and music education/arts advocates.

The reality for music students is that they will either pursue music/music education as a profession (in which case they will have the need to articulate the importance of music education) or they will enter the workforce outside of music (in which case they will have to articulate to a prospective employer the benefits of music education that are universally applicable in the workplace).

This compilation of interviews with 32 CEOs and business leaders who played music as a child or adolescent is a great resource in either of those efforts.

Note: All materials available for reprint with author acknowledgment and website reference (BusinessMusician.com)

Link to E-book Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music at Google Docs (view or download)

Link to purchase hard copy of Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music at Amazon.com

(Executive Summary: FROM THE BAND ROOM TO THE BOARDROOM…The 9 Common Lessons of Music Education That Translate into Success)