Music Education Helps Students Solve Problems

“GE hires a lot of engineers. We want young people who can do more than add up a string of numbers and write a coherent sentence. They must be able to solve problems, communicate ideas and be sensitive to the world around them. Participation in the arts is one of the...
Director Tips – Rob Shaver: Keep Things Fresh

Director Tips – Rob Shaver: Keep Things Fresh

For today’s installment of the Director Spotlight we interviewed Mr. Rob Shaver, Band Director at Tipton Middle School in Tipton, Indiana. Rob is a 25 year veteran music educator who does a fantastic job teaching band. Today, he offers his take on how he keeps things...

Arts Education Finds The Gold

“I believe arts education in music, theater, dance, and the visual arts is one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just beneath the surface. They (children) have an enthusiasm for life a spark of creativity, and vivid imaginations that...
Popular Director Tips – Dean Westman – Focus On Others

Popular Director Tips – Dean Westman – Focus On Others

Many directors express that this time of year is absolutely the busiest time of year. Sleep is minimal. The flu is abundant. And, sometimes, the “crazy” wins. With countless activities happening all at once in your program, it is difficult to stay on top of it all and...

Music Fosters Needed Creative Skills

“To be the next great inventor of something we haven’t dreamed of yet, you need to have creative skills. Music really fosters those creative skills.” ~ Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila...