February 2018 Posts

Mike Weimer – Staff Spotlight

Today’s Staff Spotlight is with Mike Weimer. Mike has been with Paige’s Music for 7 years now and is one of our District Mangers who visits schools weekly to support the students and teachers of those programs. Mike has a deep music education background and initially wanted to be a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra! Please take a few minutes to learn more about Mike and his path to Paige’s Music.

 

Participation In School Music Helps Achievement In Math and English

An analysis of data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988 demonstrated a significant correlation between participation in school music groups and achievement in math and English.

~ Broh, B. A. (2002). Linking extracurricular programming to academic achievement: Who benefits and why? Sociology of Education, 75(1), 69-95

Art Gives Students Better Understanding Of Their World

“A broad education in the arts helps give children a better understanding of their world…We need students who are culturally literate as well as math and science literate.”

~ Paul Ostergard, Vice President, Citicorp

Cold Weather Tips For Your String Instrument

Today’s blog refers back to a previous blog about cold weather tips for string instruments from December of 2014. Walking through the shop one day last week I noticed all these instruments in clamps due to loose seams and/or cracks. Mostly caused by the bad cold weather spell we had recently. So as a reminder here is a repeat of that blog and some pictures of cause and effect.

Winter is here with its cold temps, snow, and low humidity. This scares the bejabbers out of any self-respecting stringed instrument. Can’t you just see or hear wood shrinking, pegs loosening, cracks splitting a top rib in two … These are sights and sounds that one might think would bring a smile to a repairman’s face. Winter time does create special problems for the violin family instruments, but good common sense care will reduce the number of unnecessary repairs.

Students From Arts-Rich Public Schools Score Higher

Children from “arts-rich” public schools score higher on expression, risk-taking, creativity-imagination, cooperative learning, and academic self-concept than children in “arts-poor” systems.

~ “Learning In and Through the Arts: The Question of Transfer,” Judith M. Burton, Robert Horowitz, and Hal Abeles, Studies in Art Education, 2000, 41(3): 228-257