Helping Your Family Eat Healthier

Being healthier is something that was likely on your family’s New Year’s Resolutions list. We all know that we should be eating less junk food, eating more “healthy” food, and getting more exercise, but it can be difficult to carry out these ideas in our day to day lives. To help your family eat healthier and make these changes, we’ve gathered a few helpful tips below!    Make sure they eat breakfast Breakfast isn’t called “the most…

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Music Ed Methods: Feierabend

In this series of music education posts, I would like to introduce you to the most popular methods for teaching music. In my last post of the series, I will talk about Feierabend. 1. Creator John Martin Feierabend (born November 29, 1952) is an American music education researcher, pedagogue and author. He is currently the Director of Music Education for the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. Feierabend actually created two music…

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8 Tips for Staying Happy and Healthy this Winter

For some teenagers, winter means wanting to hole up at home and never leave. In severe cases, some people may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder – a form of depression thought to be triggered by a lack of sunlight in the winter, which can wreak havoc on your biological clock. Whether it’s our changing habits or changing light, winter can take a toll on students’ motivation with classes and other obligations. However, it’s important…

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Music Ed Methods: Suzuki

In this series of music education posts, I would like to introduce you to the most popular methods for teaching music. Today I will talk about the Suzuki method. 1. Creator Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998) was an accomplished Japanese violinist and educator. During his lifetime, he played for the Imperial Court of Japan was president of the Teikoku Music School. He developed his method by observing that children are able to learn their mother tongue…

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Goodreads: Making Reading Social

If you love to read, chances are you will love using Goodreads, an innovative, interactive, and enchanting website for book lovers. One of the primary uses of Goodreads is to keep track of what you’ve read, are reading, and want to read. You will automatically have those three lists on your account to which you can add your books. You can also make lists according to anything you want (genre, character type, a book club,…

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The Treble Chorus of New England

I sang with the Treble Chorus of New England (TCNE) for 6 years, and it was easily one of the best musical experiences of my life. You will not find a kinder, friendlier, or more welcoming group of children and young adults than I found when I joined the chorus. In my time at TCNE, not only did I vastly improve my musicianship, singing, and language skills, but I also grew socially surrounded by a…

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Music Ed Methods: Orff

In this series of music education posts, I would like to introduce you to the most popular methods for teaching music. Next up: the Orff method! 1. Creator Carl Orff (1895-1982) was a German composer, conductor, and educator who is perhaps best known for his famous oratorio, “Carmina Burana.” He composed this piece while serving as music director of the school he co-founded in Munich. He came up with his ideas based on his belief…

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Importance of Fine Arts Programs

In recent years, subjects like math and science have been pushed as being most important in school and society. This trend is increasingly reflected in the decisions of college students choosing their majors, but also in the decision making process of elementary and middle school students. More than 80% of US school districts have seen their funding slashed since 2008, and fine arts disciplines such as music, art, and foreign language are almost always the first…

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Music Ed Methods: Dalcroze

In this series of music education posts, I would like to introduce you to the most popular methods for teaching music. Today I will talk about the Dalcroze method, also known as eurythmics. 1. Creator Emile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865-1950) was a Swiss composer, music educator, and music theorist. He spent some time as a professor of harmony at the Geneva Conservatory in Switzerland, and it was here that he started developing his method of teaching. He…

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