As we await the results of the Colorado State University study on the role of singing and playing wind and brass instruments in the spread of COVID-19, there is a study available now that gives us some potentially important information.[Read more…] about Singing in the Age of COVID-19
Thoughts on teaching and education.
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Meta-leaders craft the unifying mission for an array of different constituencies. They build a compelling narrative and create conditions that animate shared values, motivating goals, and each participant’s view of himself or herself as a necessary and meaningful contributor. Meta-leaders know that optimal progress does not happen on its own. Someone must see the opportunity and engage others to see it as well.You’re It: Crisis, Change, and How to Lead When It Matters Most by Leonard J. Marcus, Eric J. McNulty, et al.
It is not the role of the people we lead to make us look good. It is our role as leaders to make them look good. That is, it is our role as leaders to provide every resource and opportunity our team needs to succeed in its tasks.[Read more…] about The Role of Leadership
Malcom Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success isn’t a book about education. But he comes to a distinctly profound conclusion about education in chapter nine, “Marita’s Bargain.”[Read more…] about Schools Work
The American Psychological Association recently published an article that repeats what we already know: that, on average, music students perform better in their non-music classes than non-music students do. Arts educators and institutions have shared this article in droves recently. As arts educators, we know why music students perform better in their non-music classes than their peers. Music students have to think in multi-dimensional ways. They have to be able to take a chord and analyze and think about it and visualize it like Tony Stark was able to visualize holographic 3D models of his next invention. Music students have to learn perseverance; one can’t rehearse a four-measure phrase for an hour without some measure of stick-with-itness. But…[Read more…] about The Value of Arts Education