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Music Education

Why I Support Music Education

Mac Grambauer | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Mac Grambauer

As budgets have been slashed and the arts have been devalued, music education has been evicted. It has been left to organizations to fill the void, so that students who might otherwise go without music education have the access and opportunity they deserve.

How to Save the Music

Elizabeth Baudouin | Posted 03.24.2015 | Education
Elizabeth Baudouin

Cords for Music is a social enterprise I started last year. We produce and sell jewelry and design objects. We give a portion of all our sales to organizations that support music education in public schools and underserved communities.

Why Music: The Secret Sauce of Success

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact
Frank Fitzpatrick

With all the evidence and examples of how early musical training can affect one's level of success, it should be a no-brainer that music be a prerequisite in every child's development and education.

Bringing Back What Works in Education

Katherine Damkohler | Posted 02.25.2015 | Education
Katherine Damkohler

Why is music important? We hear from Education Through Music partner schools that students are more engaged, attendance rates increase, and academic achievement rises. Numerous other research and data have confirmed the positive impact of music education in schools.

Artist Development: A Key to Unlocking Your Purpose in Life

Corey Ferrugia | Posted 02.20.2015 | Education
Corey Ferrugia

What makes an "artist" an artist is actually in their point of view, their intention, their approach and in the way they live their lives. In this light, becoming an artist isn't a destination; it's a way of traveling.

Martin Shore and Berklee City Music Join Forces With 'Take Me to the River' Educational Initiative

Michelle Edgar | Posted 02.17.2015 | Education
Michelle Edgar

In honor of Black History Month last week at the Apollo, director and producer Martin Shore and legendary artists celebrated the launch of an educational mission to empower and educate students.

Fewer And Fewer Children Are Playing The Piano, And Music Shops Are Suffering

AP | DAVID PITT | Posted 01.02.2015 | Arts

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) — When Jim Foster opened his piano store 30 years ago, he had 10 competitors selling just pianos. When he closed Foster Famil...

The Day the Music Died

Yohuru Williams | Posted 01.12.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Even as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame makes its home in the city of Cleveland, the measure before the board may literally cut the musical heart out of Ohio's public schools.

Why Failing Orchestras Are the Problem of Every American

David Donnelly | Posted 12.17.2014 | Arts
David Donnelly

You may have heard this story before: classical music is in decline, music education is so important, but why should you care? Failing orchestras create severe economic, social, and cultural repercussions for our nation as a whole. This is very much your problem.

The CK-12 Foundation Simplifies Physics with Their Latest Series of Interactive Education Simulations

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

What do pan flutes and major principles of physics have in common? You don't have to answer the question because the CK-12 Foundation has already made...

Music Is Food for the Soul, Not Fodder for Learning Standards

Laurie Levy | Posted 11.15.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

I'm glad the students at my granddaughter's school get to have music, drama, and art classes a few times a week. That's probably more than many kids receive these days. I just wish teachers didn't have to feel defensive about the value of exposing children to music and the arts.

Rebecca Klein

Could Music Education Be The Key To Ending The Achievement Gap?

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.02.2014 | Arts

Closing the achievement gap between low-income and affluent students could be as simple as do-re-mi. In a study out Tuesday from Northwestern Unive...

So You Want to Be An Opera Singer?

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 11.02.2014 | Arts
J Nelson Aviance

You must have something outside of music that you can enjoy and do in your downtime. Most people do, but if you don't, you needs to find a hobby that takes your mind off the insanity that singing and the classical music career can foster.

How A 90-Year-Old, A Composer, And A Struggling Music Student Are Changing Education Forever

Corey Ferrugia | Posted 09.30.2014 | Education
Corey Ferrugia

Critical thinking has been the buzzword in education for a while, but it's not critical or creative thinking. It's critical AND creative thinking.

WHY Music: Piano & the Crypt -- Transforming the Energy of Space

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Frank Fitzpatrick

The word spiritual comes from the Latin root, spiritus, which means, "to breathe life into." In that moment, however, the great halls of one of the world's most famous churches felt anything but spiritual.

Using Research to Ensure an Education Program Actually Works

Katherine Damkohler | Posted 07.30.2014 | Education
Katherine Damkohler

In the early 1990's I was hired as the principal of a school that was slated for closure in one year, and so my job was to prepare the students to ...

Chatting Up Chad Smith After The 'Tonight Show' Drum-off

Kristie Christie | Posted 07.23.2014 | Entertainment
Kristie Christie

These were moments that will go down in pop culture history: On the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, doppelgängers Will Ferrell and Chad Smith finally met in person.

What We Lose When We Cut Fine Arts Education

Peter Greene | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

A few nights ago I attended our high school choir concert. It was particularly bittersweet because our young choir director has had quite a year.

Bearing Witness: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

With Music, the Sky Is Not the Limit, It's Just the View

Michelle Edgar | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact
Michelle Edgar

The beauty of music is that it is a platform for many opportunities. It enhances a number of skills, and mainly, I believe, that it allows people to dream big.

The Value of Music

James Ehnes | Posted 06.18.2014 | Arts
James Ehnes

I went to public school, and remember being assigned to read a few Shakespeare plays, a work or two of the ancient Greeks and several of the notable "coming of age" novels of the 20th century. But never once was I told to listen to a Beethoven symphony.

What Does [Insert What You Do Here] Mean To You?

Michelle Edgar | Posted 05.25.2014 | Impact
Michelle Edgar

Her answer really reminded me of what music means to me and why every day I work hard with a whole team to make this dream come alive for kids all over the country.

WHY Music: The New Power Shake -- Blending Creativity, Well-Being and Learning

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 05.03.2014 | Education
Frank Fitzpatrick

What is great about the omnipotent ingredient of music is that music is the juice that can make it all work together: cognitive and social development, motivation and emotional engagement, and mindfulness and well-being.

The Global Search for Education: Shepherd Sound

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.28.2014 | Arts
C. M. Rubin

"Musicians are all human, that is, we all have issues and things we want to improve but we also have the same goal, and that is to be the best we can...

Music Matters -- Everywhere!

Victoria Dunning | Posted 04.22.2014 | Impact
Victoria Dunning

Music education has been shown to improve brain development and improve memory in young children. And, as we have seen among GFC partners, music also feeds children's souls and hearts.