The Value of Failure

How can we help turn “failure” from a crisis into a learning experience for kids? We know that teaching for “growth mindset” helps this, but it’s not so simple. New research illuminates the complications for students of financially- and socially-struggling...
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12 Tips on How to Practice by Wynton Marsalis

As teachers, we often spend so much time teaching technique, ensemble skills, and notation, that we easily overlook teaching our students a key musical concept: how to practice! If you need a place to start, check out these 12 Tips...
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Attending Music Performances Improves Well-Being

People who teach in Sistema programs believe in the power of making music, and perhaps we should also emphasize the power of attending live music events.  A new study by behavioral science professor Patrick Fagan at Goldsmiths, University of London, and the...
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Teaching Optimism to Children

Optimism helps children deal well with difficulty, and we can teach it. This simple claim by Lorea Martinez, a special education consultant with expertise in socio-emotional learning, is described in the following article from Edutopia: https://www.edutopia.org/article/optimism-learnable-skill The article provides three primary...
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Why you and your students should… Take a Break!

Should you take learning breaks with students, even during a sectional rehearsal that lasts only thirty minutes?  Research suggests that maybe you should.  This article by Youki Terada (Edutopia‘s Editor of Research and Standards) summarizes a number of research studies that seem...
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Musicians On the Road

Does taking students to events that require travel make a difference to their learning?  A study of school students who went on regular “field trips” suggests that multiple arts-focused field trips produced significant academic gains.  The researchers admitted that they...
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Proven – musicians ARE smarter! 

Well…maybe in two ways, at least.  Working memory is the capacity to hold onto information even as you are processing it—to consider how it confirms, contradicts, and adjusts your previous knowledge.  This is essential to being a good learner.  Short-term...
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We Have a Gold Medal Winning Strategy

Adele Diamond, Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of British Colombia, Canada, studies Executive Function and cites the value of Sistema programs in developing it. She noted to us at The World Ensemble that Norway ran away with...
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