Blog Posts for Arts Education Network

The Microeconomics of Music Education

Posted by Zachary Saffa, Sep 15, 2016 1 comment

This post has nothing to do with the financial implications of music, of the arts, or of education at all, and you won’t see a single chart or dollar sign on this page. Instead, I’m going to highlight a simple economic concept that many of you may have learned at some point, and see if we can use it to open up our minds to a new wrinkle in thinking about arts education.

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Arts Ed on the Bering Sea

Posted by Robin Child, Sep 15, 2016 0 comments

Fall is sneaking its way into the air slowly here in northwestern Alaska. Soon, the all-night sunshine will be but a memory, the ocean will freeze over, and my job, as an art teacher, will be even more important: we all know how a little creativity can lift the spirits and a little color can turn a dark day around.

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Out-of-Basement Through the Arts / How Arts Kept Me out of My Parents’ Basement

Posted by Yong Zhao, Yechen Zhao, Sep 15, 2016 0 comments

How to get the kids out of the basement and live independently is a big concern for many parents. A Chinese father and son reflect on how studying and pursuing the arts was a positive and successful path to breaking barriers and breaking out of the family home.

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Upside Down in Paris: The Education of an Un-athletic Artist

Posted by Mary Birnbaum, Sep 15, 2016 0 comments

To me, an education in the arts is about the freedom to fail and the recognition that we are all human, with human limitations and vulnerable hearts. Through this vulnerability lies connection. I continue to take larger risks in my own work—ever trying to trust that the floor will still be there after I turn myself upside-down.

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Three Things Music Education Did For Me #BecauseOfArtsEd

Posted by Bailey Perkins, Sep 14, 2016 3 comments

The power of music cannot nor should not be underestimated. It helped my ancestors communicate through the Underground Railroad for freedom; it is a healing agent to the body, mind, and soul. The beauty of art is that it speaks to different people in different ways. Art—more specifically, music—intertwines with every part of my life.

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Not Just Fluff: Blue Dog and Arts as Catalyst for School Improvement

Posted by Jacques Rodrigue, Sep 14, 2016 0 comments

In 2009, my family formed the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts and as Executive Director I was tasked with trying to make sure the arts were kept in schools in a meaningful way. We believe that the arts are not just fluff, but that they are critical for student development in the 21st century.

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