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Creative Arts

Creative Arts 


Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do."

-- Edgar Degas,
French artist


Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."

-- Thomas Merton,
French-American writer and activist






Pinning Student Creativity Resources With MaryLea Harris (ASCD Inservice). "If something is fun, or messy, or beautiful, you remember it," writes art and creativity expert MaryLea Harris. In a recent Inservice post, Harris discusses the importance of creativity in the classroom and shares advice for educators. She also unveils her new shared Pinterest board with ASCD that is completely devoted to student creativity. 

Response: The Role Of Arts Education In Schools by Larry Ferlazzo (Education Week Teacher)

When Students Simulate Violence in Their Art by Liana Heitin (Education Week Teacher)



3 Ideas for Incorporating Music Into Core High School Classes by Alexandra Pannoni (US News)  

4 Ways Technology Can Make Your Music Lessons Sing by David Raths (The Journal). It can be challenging to incorporate technology into classroom music lessons, but there are big benefits, according to this article. One music teacher describes how she uses technology to allow students to rehearse, learn and receive feedback. She also uses the social-media site Edmodo to communicate with students and parents, including one instance in which she uploaded a digital sound file for students to practice with. 

Bring Your Own Device helps kids learn music over summer by Sheri Trusty (Port Clinton News)

'Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians' by Katrina Schwartz (Mind/Shift)

Low-Income Kids Benefit From Music Class, Show Greater Reading Skills by Stephanie Castillo (Medical Daily). Data show 50 out of 62 districts participating in Music classes may result in improved reading abilities -- particularly for low-income students -- according to a recent Northwestern University study. Researchers found that music also helps students develop social, emotional, intellectual and creative skills. 

Music Lessons Enhance Brain Function in Disadvantaged Kids by Tom Jacobs (Pacific Standard). Music may help bridge the achievement gap between underprivileged students and more-affluent peers, according to a recent study. Researchers found that students who participated in two years of music instruction were better able to process complex sounds, which could result in improvement with learning and language skills. 

The soothing effects of song by Naphtali Hoff (SmartBlog). Using music in the classroom helps to engage students, who will retain more information when it is set to a tune, writes Naphtali Hoff, a former educator and school administrator who now serves as an executive coach and consultant. In this blog post, Hoff makes the case for using music in the classroom to enhance the environment, among other things.



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