Category Archives: Arts Advocacy

Introducing Young Children to Great Art

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”  ~Pablo Picasso In recent weeks, the four and five-year olds in my class have been getting acquainted with the art of Pablo Picasso … Continue reading

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The Arts in a Kindergarten Classroom: 2013 in Review

“The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important.” ~ Elliot W. Eisner Now that 2013 has come and gone, I find myself reflecting on the different ways that I shared arts experiences … Continue reading

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Music for Infants, Toddlers and Those Who Teach and Care for Them

“A  good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” ~ Brad Henry Recently I delivered a workshop to an amazing group of Early Childhood Education students at George Brown College.  Specifically, I was asked … Continue reading

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Music and Children in Film

“We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone … and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something.” ~ Sandra Day O’Connor … Continue reading

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My Week at CAMMAC Music Camp

“Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best.” ~ Henry Van Dyke I spent the first week of July in the Laurentians, immersed in listening to and learning to … Continue reading

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When Schools Lose Music Programs

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ~ Plato Last night I resumed teaching a music class to pre-service educators, and was reminded of what had initially motivated me … Continue reading

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Picture Books about Obstacles on the Creative Path

“Transformation of any kind always exacts a holy tussle. The newborn butterfly struggles to open its wings so it can conjure up the strength to fly. So, too, with artists, inventors, mystics, and entrepreneurs.” ~ Tama Kieves After writing the … Continue reading

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Exploring the Sights and Sounds of Toronto

Last Saturday I spent the day enjoying some activities in Toronto that were part of Jane’s Walk (http://www.janeswalk.net/).  A friend had reminded me about the event and I discovered two walks that I thought might give me a new perspective on … Continue reading

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For The Teachers Who Inspire Us

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”  ~ Albert Einstein Lately I have been thinking about who my teachers were – the ones who were kind, the ones who seemed to … Continue reading

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Equity and Arts Education

 “Education and training are the keys to the future. A key can be turned in two directions. Turn it one way and you lock resources away; turn it other way and you realize resources and give people back to themselves.” … Continue reading

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