The Rock Round Up is an ongoing blog series featuring the most evocative news, articles and blogs curated by Little Kids Rock on the topic of music education.
Welcome to our very first “Rock Round Up” blog post! While many classrooms are enjoying their summer vacation, we’ve been keeping up on news stories about pressing topics in music education.
So in these posts, we’ll be highlighting the most interesting music education stories that have caught our eye – or sparked conversation – throughout the month. We hope you enjoy it!
If you’ve recently come across an interesting story, share a link with us and we’ll add your articles to our July round up.
Links of the Month for June:
Finding More In Budget, School Board Reinstates Fourth Grade Orchestra, Ridgefield Patch – In need of a little music inspiration? Look no further: Soon after the Board of Education in Ridgefield, New York found additional budget, it promptly reinstated a fourth grade orchestra program for the school year. Let the music play on!
Music Educators Gather to Learn and Advocate, BlogCEA – The National Association for Music Education (MENC) sponsored Music Education Week in June, bringing together teachers from around the country to advocate for music education. This blogger explains, “When arts education is cut, the whole learning environment of a school is negatively affected.”
Music Education Enhances Function of Mind and Body, Associated Content – Amid budget cuts, this article makes a strong case for music education and points out that “music education has been proven to enhance the cognitive function of children that has the potential to last into old age.” Agreed!
Black Eyed Peas – Taboo Stuns School Kids With Surprise Concert Appearance, ContactMusic –Black Eyed Peas star Taboo surprised students in East Los Angeles in June when he arrived to donate guitars and perform with Little Kids Rock students. You can also see a video of Taboo’s visit in our related blog post.