Blog Posts for Arts Education Network


Posted by Mark T. Bedell, Sep 14, 2016 1 comment

There is artistry in everything from performing with the Kansas City Youth Symphony to rebuilding a competition robot. Our school district believes the creative process will serve students well as they work to make their mark on the world, and to make a positive difference in the lives of others. 

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“Fairy Tales Can Come True…”

Posted by Phil LaDuca, Sep 14, 2016 0 comments

Who would have thought that a kid from the south side of Chicago, who taught himself to sing listening to the soundtrack of “West Side Story”, (and Frank Sinatra records), would someday become known internationally as “the Shoemaker to the Stars”?

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#BecauseofArtsEd: My Life at the Intersections

Posted by Ashraf Hasham, Sep 13, 2016 0 comments

Here’s what I know for sure: if it hadn’t been for my access to excellent arts educational opportunities through Seattle Public Schools & TeenTix, my interest in business might have led me down a very different path. Instead, I chose to pursue an arts administration degree that allowed me to study at the intersection of business, public administration, and artistic practice.

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He was “Born to Boogie”: Aspiring Broadway star shares his story of his time in “Billy Elliot”

Posted by Tanner Pflueger, Sep 13, 2016 0 comments

One important lesson I have learned during my college career is to “learn how to learn.” To be competitive in the industry, you must take the initiative and continue to learn throughout your life. I believe arts education in school is important because in addition to teaching essential skills needed in every day life, it is the keystone in a well-rounded education.

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The Few. The Proud. The Pianist.

Posted by Christopher Schmitt, Sep 13, 2016 0 comments

People often assume Juilliard students could never cope with the rigors of military life, but I beg to disagree: Nothing could prepare one better than pervasive pressure to perform at a level of utter perfection, interminable personal and professional criticism, and the resultant ability to flourish in an environment where failure is simply not an option. 

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Lessons from Band Class

Posted by Dr. S. Dallas Dance, Sep 13, 2016 0 comments

Students working together through music and rhythm perfectly symbolize the ideal climate we strive to develop at each school. Each instrumentalist makes a meaningful contribution through melody, harmony, and rhythm. There is a sense of belonging and a spirit of cooperation among peers and adults. Everyone has a place and a purpose.

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