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Music Education

Is This the Right Time to Study Music?

Alan Fletcher | Posted 11.19.2015 | Arts
Alan Fletcher

I think my over-all view is that what we do has such importance and relevance that it will prevail, in a way analogous to the way that young love has such importance that it will always find a way.

Pursue Your Passion With the Entrepreneurial Trinity

John Bowen | Posted 10.20.2015 | Business
John Bowen

What would happen if we pushed aside the distractions in our lives and focused intently on our passions? Can we really live by the motto of "Do what you love and the money will follow?"

How Music, Education, and Brain Games End Up in One of Hollywood's Most Exclusive Night Clubs

Corey Ferrugia | Posted 10.20.2015 | Los Angeles
Corey Ferrugia

It's been over a week already, and I'm still having a hard time processing just how magical this night truly was for me, and why.

The Education Department's College Scorecard Unfairly Stigmatizes Arts Institutions

Roger H. Brown | Posted 10.15.2015 | College
Roger H. Brown

The College Scorecard makes the somewhat obvious point that music and arts students earn less across the board than healthcare, biotech, business, and technology, students, though they all share an enterprising mindset vital for success.

5 Steps to Success as an Artist

Corey Ferrugia | Posted 08.26.2015 | Arts
Corey Ferrugia

It was 2003 when I enrolled into the University of Arizona School of Music when I first began pursuing my career as a musician and artist. This also was a time in where the digital age was on the rise in it's earlier stages, which impacted the music industry at large on a catastrophic financial level.

Why is Sheet Music Still Considered Necessary for Music Education?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education
Robbie Gennet

What a shame that high-caliber musicians could get turned away from music schools simply because they have no desire to read notation. Most schools don't currently have a notation-free track to put them on anyway.

Golf and the Music Biz with Steve Rennie

Corey Ferrugia | Posted 07.14.2015 | Business
Corey Ferrugia

Steve Rennie is a former record label executive, talent manager, concert promoter, entrepreneur, and not to mention, an incredible golfer. In a recent article, Billboard Magazine ranked Steve No. 1 on their music industry golf leaderboard.

Music Education and the Multiplier Effect

Katherine Damkohler | Posted 06.17.2015 | Education
Katherine Damkohler

The value of incorporating music into a child's education cannot be understated. There is a heap of incontestable research showing that an education rich in music improves students' cognitive function and academic performance. Simply put, children learn better when music is part of their school curriculum.

Real Education Is the Apple, Not the (Common) Core

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

If you hope your child might be a great scientist, let her loose in the woods for hours every day. The greatest irony of the current, uniform approach to education is that it deprives children of the very experiences that are conveyed in the symbolic notations they are supposed to care about!

Stop "Defending" Music Education

Peter Greene | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

Today I ran across one more xeroxed handout touting the test-taking benefits of music education, defending music as a great tool for raising test scores and making students smarter.

Actor/Photographer Brad Everett Young Wants You to Dream Loud

Andrew Benkovic | Posted 06.01.2015 | Entertainment
Andrew Benkovic

Brad Everett Young is a mixture of excited, tired, and a little overwhelmed. The Los Angeles based photographer has been awake for over 24 hours. Why you ask? Young was invited to photograph the after-party of the musical "Cruel Intentions."

Why Music? An Interview With Sheila E.

Carla Moreno | Posted 05.14.2015 | Arts
Carla Moreno

I sat in during rehearsal with Sheila and the youth. After the initial sound check, Sheila sat down on the edge of the stage and said: "When we're in rehearsal, you're going to be full out. This is a time to be focused. There's no half. It's full out."

Some Things Are Timeless: An Ode to Amazing Children's Music You Should Still Listen to!

Cathy Fink | Posted 05.04.2015 | Arts
Cathy Fink

In honor of Lois Lilienstein and several generations of children's musicians

Why I Support Music Education

Mac Grambauer | Posted 05.28.2015 | 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 05.24.2015 | 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 05.17.2015 | 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 04.27.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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 04.19.2015 | 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? | 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...