Category Archives: Arts Education

3 years later

Sometimes, you need to step away; and, I stepped away for nearly three years. Here is what I’m currently working on: Engagement For decades, it has been widely agreed that engagement in schools refers to students’ behaviors with which they intensely … Continue reading

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alternatives to school-based

The recreation and leisure services profession in the US is one whose primary purpose is to “generate significant public support for (the recreation movement) in order to advance the development of best practices and resources that will make parks and … Continue reading

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Music ed serves many purposes

I am drawn toward a pluralist perspective on the purpose, importance, and placement of music in our public and private lives. Music education sits at an intersection of interpretive and critical epistemologies. I understand music to be an opportunity that … Continue reading

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As you watch that holiday parade…

Purposes of school music include promoting individual musical independence and enabling students to enjoy music, alone and with others, throughout life. Whether the reference is a general music class (music appreciation, etc.) or a performance-based class (band, choir, etc.), these … Continue reading

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Must it be tied to a career?

Schools are political institutions, and politicians can be unclear about their intentions and their messages.  Former Washington, DC, schools chief, Michelle Rhee, and Sacramento, CA, Mayor, Kevin Johnson, are currently promoting education reform that calls for even tougher standards.  Rhee … Continue reading

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The basics or the ornamental basics?

The 1990s produced new attention on basic skills that all children should have from and within many disciplines, including the visual and performing arts. Beyond reading, writing and arithmetic – the nostalgic three r’s of schooling – what is considered … Continue reading

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