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Beyond Baby Mozart, Students Who Rock

The New York Times

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Why do schools teach music in a way that turns off so many young people rather than igniting their imagination? A program that taps into students’ passion for pop and rock is revitalizing music education in many schools.

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For Healthy Aging, a Late Act in the Footlights

The New York Times

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EngAGE is a program that funds alternative housing for low-income older people in California. They offer recreational classes that help keep people mentally and physically young.

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Rock Is Not the Enemy

The New York Times

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Little Kids Rock has helped to revitalize and broaden music education in more than a thousand schools by encouraging children to learn to play popular music, form bands and compose their own songs. Despite a backlash from traditionalists, teaching children to play music they love doesn’t “dumb d...

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These Schools Are Refusing to Throw Out Arts Education in Favor of Test Prep

The Atlantic

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With arts funding on the cutting board across the country, students can lack motivation to go to school and the creative resources for critical thinking skills. In Brooklyn, Ascend Learning is an inner-city network of public charter schools that offer a rich arts environment to teach Common Core ...

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Musicians Add 'Counterterrorism Briefing' to Pre-Grammy Schedule

Rolling Stone

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For the first time, high-profile Grammy attendees this year received an all-day security briefing on how to prevent and respond to terrorist attacks. In light of recent mass shootings and bombs at concerts in Manchester, Las Vegas, and Paris, the musicians met directly with U.S. State Department ...

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Improvising Your Way Out of Anxiety

BBC

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Improvisational comedy teaches people to listen, act quickly on their feet, and be unafraid to make mistakes. An improv class in Toronto geared towards people who struggle to manage anxiety has found that these skills—which promote trust, connection, and confidence—has been beneficial for partici...

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San Francisco Arts Groups on Path to Becoming Property Owners

KQED

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In order to provide arts organizations with stable homes in the midst of rising property costs, the Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) has purchased properties in San Francisco. These properties are sold to the arts organization, and the organization pays in the form of long term loans tha...

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Creative Arts Program Provides Social Interaction, Stimulation

AARP Magazine

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Rather than having assisted living facility residents passively appreciate the arts, many programs are creating opportunities for residents to pursue creative expression. These programs include dance and physical expression, musical composition, and storytelling.

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They Risked Their Lives To Bring Music Back

NPR

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With the extremist group Al-Shabab active in the country, music has been a source of trauma for Somalis with music banned in Shabab controlled territory and musicians assassinated. A reality show centered around musical performance is hoping to bring music back into public life.

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It Takes A Village to Not Marry A Girl

Bright Magazine

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Some communities in Malawi are beginning to fight child marriage their own way—with music, dance, and a few tears, using theater to motivate cultural change.

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