Category Archives: News about the Arts

The Value of Dance in the Lives of Children: An Interview with Kharen Westbye

 “Let us first teach little children to breathe, to vibrate, to feel, and to become one with the general harmony and movement of nature. Let us first produce a beautiful human being, a dancing child.”  ~Isadora Duncan For over 10 … Continue reading

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A Reflection on Creativity in 2016

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”. ~Thomas Merton 2016 has been a year of losses, particularly in the arts world – David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds and so many … Continue reading

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A Weekend at the Sweetwater Music Festival

“Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence and whereto.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson From September 16th to the 18th, I was … Continue reading

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The Wonder of Learning

“Learning and teaching should not stand on opposite banks and just watch the river flow by; instead, they should embark together on a journey down the water.  Through an active, reciprocal exchange, teaching can strengthen learning how to learn.” ~ … Continue reading

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An Interview with Kathy Reid-Naiman

“My music had roots which I’d dug up from my own childhood, musical roots buried in the darkest soil.” ~ Ray Charles Kathy Reid-Naiman is an enormously gifted musician who has given to the world several gorgeous recordings of songs and … 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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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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Exciting News about Music in Health and Medicine

“Music therapy has been an invaluable tool with many of our rehabilitation patients. There is no question that the relationship of music and medicine will blossom because of the advent of previously unavailable techniques that can now show the effects … Continue reading

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