10 Lessons the Arts Teach

  1. The arts teach children to make good judgements about qualitative relationships.
  2. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer. (There are different ways of doing things, though sometimes there is only one end result. ~E)
  3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. (Musicians interpret musical aspects differently ~E.)
  4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity.
  5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know.
  6. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
  7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
  8. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
  9. The arts enable us to have experiences we can have from no other source and through such experiences to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.
  10. The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important.

Source: Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of the Mind, In Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (p. 70-92). Yale University Press. Available from NAEA Publications.

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About Lady Fair

Lady is a musician with a bachelor's degree in music education. She plays multiple instruments and has participated in numerous musical ensembles, giving her a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to use in her teaching career. Of her ensemble participation, she has fifteen years of band experience, nine years choral, and four years in orchestra. Éowyn's primary instrument is clarinet, with voice and piano being close secondary instruments. Throughout her musical education career she studied voice and clarinet simultaneously. In addition to clarinet, piano, and voice, she has also studied violin and oboe at the college level, and also plays recorder, tin whistle, and other instruments in the woodwind family. If you ask her, she will say, "I chose to major in music education because I have a desire to use my knowledge and experience in music to share its beauty and foster a love of music in the hearts of my students. I hope to encourage my students to try their hardest, feel like they have accomplished something, and give them a life long passion for music." Lady currently teaches private lessons on clarinet, sax, flute, oboe, piano, and voice, and recently gained a position teaching orchestra and chorus at a local middle school. She is also a member of the Once Upon a Dream woodwind ensembles.
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