Category Archives: arts to education

What Sets Montessori Schools Apart

primbondh/ October 7, 2019/ arts and education, arts and learning, arts to education

Montessori schools are much different than standard elementary schools where academic learning is the primary objective. The Montessori method is based on the belief that education should be built around the whole child, which includes their cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. Teachers are trained to be very observant so they can best support individual children’s needs. Lessons are also structured to cater to children’s interests and needs during specific ages, to support their natural tendencies. These schools are also well known for encouraging self-led learning and classrooms are often filled with students working independently on projects of their own choosing.

Self-Directed Learning

In a Montessori environment, children are encouraged to direct their own course of learning. Students are asked to identify projects that they are interested in and teachers will guide and support their choices. Students are encouraged to work at their own pace. They can work independently or … Read More

Music as Art

primbondh/ August 8, 2019/ arts and music, arts to education, school of arts

Musicians are artists. It might be easy for a musician to get lost in a list of Boston piano dealers, or Los Angeles guitar shops because their instrument is their livelihood. Art is characterized by expression of emotion, but it does not have to be limited to paintings, drawings or sculptures. Music has key similarities to traditional art, despite its couple of differences. 

Similarities

Music could be described as the sum of its parts, just like art. Each sound in a song is uniquely composed into a larger product. Every note blends into the next one to create a cohesive song. Traditional art is much the same. Each brush stroke or drawn line serves as a key component for the overall piece of work. It is composed in a precise way to create the final product. More importantly, both music and traditional art can elicit emotion. They are both … Read More