September 12, 2001: You Can Always Have an Impact… If You Choose To

Today I opened a letter I have not read for nearly a decade. It was from Harold Decker, the president of the American Red Cross. It was a thank you note that accompanied a statue (called Motherland) he sent to me as a special gift. There is a story I have never told behind both […]

My September 11th Story

As the anniversary of 911 approaches all of the coverage has brought back powerful memories and emotions. From escaping the city, to organizing the nation wide public service announcement campaign for the American Red Cross, to my work on the production team for the Concert for New York City, all of these events and my […]

The Parent Trap

I first wrote about this a few years ago. With the recent budget challenges facing public education and the strain on many of our school districts now is a great time to review tis idea one more time. There is an emerging trend that, until recently, had been isolated to California (Redwood City, Concord, and […]

“It was twenty years ago, today!”

“Just as there can be no education without learning; no education is complete without music” Growing Up Complete (1991)   As we gather this March to celebrate “Music in Our Schools” month – many of our readers may not be aware of the events that occurred twenty years ago to help preserve music education in […]

Dear Santa…

Dear Santa, Well it is that time of year. PRESENT TIME! Once again, I ask that you indulge me by foregoing any gifts for me (hair club for men!!) and bring to some of the many more deserving, or needy, the gifts they need the most. So here is my list of those who have […]

Tips for Holiday Concerts

The advocacy committee of the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership developed this tip sheet for arts educators to use to promote arts education programs during this holiday season.  Some quick idea highlights: Place a message in the performance or exhibit program talking about the importance of the arts in your school Tell a story about […]

Why Creativity Matters

On November 15-17, 2010 leaders from around the world will converge in Oklahoma City for the 2010 Creativity World Forum. This global event will explore how creativity and innovation drive commerce, culture and education, and will feature some of the world’s greatest thinkers in this area such as The New York Times best-selling author Daniel […]

George N. Parks (1953-2010): A Life in Context

Much will be written about the life of George N. Parks, Professor of Music and director of the legendary “Pride and Class of New England” – the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band. In addition to his 33 years guiding the Minutemen, George was a husband, father, brother, son, student, teacher, mentor, friend and colleague. […]

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