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Music Education

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

Michelle Edgar | Posted 04.18.2014 | 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 04.18.2014 | 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 03.25.2014 | 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 03.04.2014 | 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 02.27.2014 | 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 02.20.2014 | 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.

A Valentine to the World

Michelle Edgar | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Michelle Edgar

It's a new year. We made our New Year's resolutions, right? Wrote down a list of all the things we want to accomplish in 2014 and maybe you've checked off a few items already.

How These Children Use Song for Social Change

Jacqueline Howard | Posted 03.31.2014 | Chicago
Jacqueline Howard

A youth choir that was founded during the Civil Rights movement continues to lift every voice and bridge cultural barriers around the world as an 'ambassador' of its community.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Stax Records Book Explores Issues of Race

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Stax Records was more than a music machine releasing hits by the likes of Otis Redding and The Staple Singers.

Drumming to Success: Why Teaching Music Matters

Jason Chuong | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Jason Chuong

When music is taught in school, it offers a crucial link to the outside world -- to one of the most prominent facets of our culture. It acts as a bridge from the classroom to the community.

The Global Search for Education: The Master - Renée Fleming

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"I love face-to-face interaction with students. Having grappled with the same issues that they face, if I can alert them to areas that might need more work, either on their own in the practice room, through online research, or with a teacher, I feel I have helped."

Darlene Love Honored as "Big Man of the Year" by Little Kids Rock

Holly Cara Price | Posted 12.23.2013 | Entertainment
Holly Cara Price

Darlene Love's incredible musical talents and stage presence were honored last week at a star-studded Manhattan benefit showcasing music education in ...

The Children Of Morumbi: Dancing for Survival

Carla Moreno | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Carla Moreno

Flávio grew restless as he regularly witnessed children hanging out in the streets, swimming in polluted lakes, and begging for their next meal. He knew that was no life for a child. Believing in the power of music, he offered free music lessons to the kids in the neighborhood.

Why Music: Redefining the 'M' in STEM

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Frank Fitzpatrick

Why are music and the arts still looked upon as extra-curricular activities to basic elementary education? Why does the idea of funding these programs fall under the heading of charity or philanthropy?

Darwin's Musical Evolution

Matt Farmer | Posted 11.20.2013 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

For many years, Darwin Elementary School had no music program. Despite the district's budget cuts and heavy focus on standardized test scores, Principal Segovia decided his kids needed music.

The Music of Giving Back

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 10.26.2013 | Impact
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Brian Biederman, 24, a middle school music teacher in Nashville, Tenn., fulfilled his lifetime dream of starting a music camp this summer. The Littlestone Summer Music Academy brought together 23 seventh through twelfth graders from diverse backgrounds to make music together.

Don't Leave Music to the Pros

Sadie Dingfelder | Posted 08.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Sadie Dingfelder

Recent studies have shown that playing an instrument reduces stress, prevents hearing loss and may even stave off Alzheimer's disease.

Rediscovering What Education Is All About

Katherine Damkohler | Posted 07.23.2013 | New York
Katherine Damkohler

It's been said that Jean-Jacques Rosseau "discovered" the child, as far as something to study. Perhaps it is time for us to rediscover the child, and make sure the student is always the focus of our efforts in education reform.

Bureacracy Ad NAuSeuM: Is the Unaccredited Life Worth Living?

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 07.08.2013 | Arts
Kurt Ellenberger

What's the payoff for the enormous amount of faculty time (and stress) invested in preparing the self-study document and submitting to a curriculum colonoscopy every decade? What's the "value added" for being accredited?

A Maryland Teacher Changes Lives By Creating Opera in the Classroom

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 07.02.2013 | DC
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Mary Ruth McGinn's class at Stedwick Elementary School in suburban Maryland has an intriguing second name and unique purpose: they've have formed an in-house troupe called the Fire Starters Kids Opera Company.

Hitting the Right Note in Education Reform

Katherine Damkohler | Posted 06.09.2013 | New York
Katherine Damkohler

In inner-city schools, much of the arts curriculum has been stripped out over the years. In many cases, the curriculum has become too basic, especially in the poorest communities.

Music: Just for Rich Kids?

Ben Niles | Posted 05.06.2013 | Fifty
Ben Niles

No longer able to provide all the "perks" of a liberal arts education, our public schools are abandoning arts education, starting with music. Music is expensive (instruments aren't free). Music is non-essential (they can listen at home, right?). And most of all, music isn't on "the test" to which we teach.

Is Piano Class the Key to Public School Music? Working Individually as a Group May Be the Answer

Kate Quarfordt | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
Kate Quarfordt

2013-03-04-PixfromHomeComputer173.jpg From its humble beginnings in the trailer and the closet to illustrious stages at performance venues throughout the city, the Bronx Prep Piano Program has transformed the lives of hundreds of talented South Bronx students.

From The Voice to PBS: Reality TV Might Save Arts Education in America

Chris Mann | Posted 04.30.2013 | Entertainment
Chris Mann

I was halfway through the press line answering questions like, "What's your favorite Christmas song? What was it like singing with Christina Aguilera? What's your favorite holiday memory?" Then I was hit with an unexpected question: "Do you think there are too many singing competition shows on television?"

Grammys Finally Include New Group In Awards

AP | SANDY COHEN | Posted 04.10.2013 | Entertainment

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Music teachers are now eligible for a Grammy honor of their own. Recording Academy president Neil Portnow says the grou...