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Dr. Stevens on the 'Net

Blog posts highlighting the work of Dr. Victoria Stevens:

Impacting Educational Reform thru Social Change

The Creative Edge
Arts education takes center stage in this blog from Arts Orange County

State of Maine Arts Education

Serving Central California

The Importance of an Arts Enriched Education

Arts Integration
Get smART: Redesigning Education with the Arts in Mind

Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.

~Arthur Koestler

Distance Education - Music Education & History Resources for Teachers
Music participation plays a huge role in education. It prepares students for higher learning by stimulating every facet of their mental and physical faculties. Music teachers direct students to listen and hear in new ways. Students who participate in music education develop a stronger sense of aural discrimination. For instance, playing instruments teaches students about sequential learning, an important skill in reading comprehension. Music heralds as the foremost instrument for education, according to Plato. Music teachers from all over the world agree with this statement. In fact, recent research has revealed that music stimulates both sides of the brain, which makes it invaluable educational tool. It causes the student's brain to grow academically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Our website will connects educators, artists and community members throughout Central California who are interested in a high quality education that includes the arts for every child, in every school, every day. You will find advocacy resources, research, lesson plans, videos, funding opportunities and much more. Most importantly, you will be able to connect with a wide network of people who share your interests and concerns.

We often get tunnel vision about our work and forget that we are part of a HUGE conversation about the arts and what they will mean to the next generation of our civil society! TeachArts.org is meant to serve the entire community, beginning with our arts and education partners.

The website is hosted by the Fresno County Office of Education in collaboration with the five other county offices in Region 7: Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Kings and Tulare.

America's Angel Campaign
The America's Angel Campaign brings you the opportunity to join this national movement that weaves 21st Century science, the influence of conscious celebrity parents, and the power of patriotism with the one shared wish of every child.

Today, in the homes of America, we are raising tomorrow’s future. In our homes are our up-and-coming parents, politicians, doctors, teachers, CEOs, child care providers, soldiers, attorneys, athletes, and celebrities. We know that joy-based families create the environment for the young brain to develop compassion, empathy and ethics. We know that the stress of fear-based families disrupts these neural connections. America's Angel provides the conduit to bring what we know to the people that need to know it, from parents to policy makers.

Hello - Let me introduce myself. My name is Ron Zell. I am a former California k-8, public school music teacher.

Let me tell you why I am a writing this blog. In the 'It is what it is' mentality of the present time, - You can never change the past, - and while I believe thats true, you can and must learn from it. Institutionalized Education is still sinking, still laying off teachers, and still failing our students. There are however, lifeboats on the horizon. The future can only be changed by what we do with the present. Specifically, this blog will concentrate on the ARTs in the Art of education. Because so much of both the Art of education, as well as the ARTS IN education has been stripped from our public schools, I think there is a need for a place where educators, students, parents, and other stakeholders can share and exchange information on the arts in education- all the while finding new ways to apply it..

Joyful Note Music - Teacher's Corner
A resource for materials, ideas, and proven best practices for Music Education in public education.
Ron Zell posts on Tuesday and Fridays

Ready, Set, Music! Music Resources For Educators
Music history can sometimes also be referred to as historical musicology. Music history is a subfield of the broader subject of musicology, and it also studies the performance, the reception, the composition, and the criticism of music over a certain period of time.

The Children's Movement for Creative Education
Founded in 1995, the CHILDREN’S MOVEMENT FOR CREATIVE EDUCATION (CMCE) is a small New York based not-for-profit organization that helps children and youth understand and overcome the effects of violent world events at both a personal and group level through academic projects and art-based curricula.

The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation
The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation keeps music alive in our schools and communities by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs, giving youngsters the many benefits of music education, helping them to be better students and inspiring creativity and expression through playing music.

California Alliance for Art Education
The California Alliance for Arts Education promotes, supports and advocates visual and performing arts education for preschool through post-secondary students in California schools.

Children Uniting Nations
CUN is a proactive organization created to bring attention to the plight of at-risk and foster youth. The goal is to reach as many children in out-of-home care by offering role-model support, guidance, a sense of community and promote the importance of an education.

The Institute for Play
The National Institute for Play believes that as play is woven into the fabric of social practices, we will dramatically transform our personal health, our relationships, the education we provide our children and the capacity of our corporations to innovate.

California Institute of the Arts
The nation's first art institute to offer BFAs and MFAs in both the visual and performing arts, CalArts is dedicated to training and nurturing the next generation of professional artists, fostering brilliance and innovation within the broadest context possible. Emphasis is placed on new and experimental work and students are admitted solely on the basis of artistic ability.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angles

MOCA is the only museum in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to contemporary art.

Orange County Performing Arts Center
The Orange County Performing Arts Center is one of the nation’s premier arts organizations. It is a unique achievement of community vision, initiative, artistic accomplishment and generosity known for its stunning architecture and technical facilities, impeccable acoustics and the exceptional quality of the companies and artists who perform there.

Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society
World-class music for island audiences – musicians and music from around the world.

Chamber Music Palisades
Fascinating new music, new and exciting players, new concerts for children, and new scholarships for talented young artists – founded in 1997 by four citizens of the Los Angeles coastal community of Pacific Palisades, including two professional musicians, Chamber Music Palisades is a non-profit, public benefit corporation dedicated to the promotion and support of classical music.

Ludvig van Beethoven Website
LvBeethoven.com provides a look into the music and life of the musical composer, Ludwig van Beethoven. Here, you can read Beethoven’s biography, find books on Beethoven, view the family trees of Ludwig Beethoven, listen to his music and much more. Fans of Ludvig van Beethoven can exchange ideas and participate in discussion forums.

Santa Barbara Graduate Institute for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology
The Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Programs specialize in the extraordinary new discoveries in research and in ground-breaking clinical work that examine this earliest of human developmental periods. Conception, life in the womb, birth and bonding, and the beginning experiences as an infant in the family shape our sense of self and our lives at all levels of our being--physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual.

Newport Psychoanalytic Institute
The Newport Psychoanalytic Institute was established in 1983 to promote the diverse theories and techniques that have evolved from the work of Sigmund Freud. NPI is a free standing non-profit institute, committed to an integrative study of the many psychoanalytic schools of thought regarding the complexities of human experience. We are committed to an educational atmosphere that promotes curiosity, openness and critical thinking in the professional therapist's ongoing development of clinical skills.

SOL-LA Music Academy
Our Mission is to nurture in every child the potential for expressing the human spirit through music. By teaching the language of music and instrumental skills, we aim to give children of all backgrounds creative wings.

Our Program reaches out to families of all income levels, offering a strong musical foundation, creative instrumental instruction and exciting performance opportunities. Call (310) 230-4133 for more information

Productive Learning and Leisure
Create an extraordinary life or business for yourself with fun, interactive, experiential learning vacations, classes, courses and workshops. Choose from over 45 self-help and personal growth programs. All are designed to promote awareness and self-development that increases your happiness in your relationships, career and income.

Morton Subotnick's Creating Music
Innovative, state-of-the-art interactive DVDs for music education in the classroom K-8.

The Rhymatist
A new educational entertainment brand for kids 8 and under that harnesses the inherent, powerful educational qualities of the rhyming and repetitive beats in rap. Winner of the National Parenting Publications Honor Award, every song is a life lesson or educational, e.g. "Healthy Habit" (healthy eating, exercise & growing organic produce at home).

The California Arts Project, TCAP
The California Arts Project’s central mission is to improve teaching and learning in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. Through its statewide and regional leadership and professional development centers, The California Arts Project, TCAP, serves as a learning community of educators, Pre K- through University, with a focus on teacher as teacher, teacher as learner, teacher as leader, and teacher as artist.

The Media Center for Art, Education and Technology
MCAET is a program of the Monterey County Office of Education, dedicated to serving all students in Monterey County, with emphasis on underserved populations. MCAET provides a positive alternative to drugs and gang violence while offering programs that enhance cognitive thinking, creativity, imagination, problem-solving, and leadership. MCAET's focus on both traditional and emerging media platforms ensures that all students, teachers, and families - including those in remote areas of Monterey County - have equal access to the benefits and the programs.

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