• What is our "Why"?

    "The WHY is the purpose, cause or belief that drives every one of us" - Simon Symek


    So... why study the arts?  What can the arts do for us to help us become more better citizens in our communities and prepare us for life after school?

     Additional TED Talks about the Arts can be found here:  Sir Ken Robinson (my favorite!)

    "While students in art classes learn techniques specific to art, such as how to draw, how to mix paint, or how to center a pot, they're also taught a remarkable array of mental habits not emphasized elsewhere in schoool.  Such skills include visual-spatial abilities, reflection, self-criticism, and the willingness to experiment and learn from mistakes.  All are important to numerous careers..." (Winner, E. & Hetland, L., 2007).

    "For students living in a rapidly changing world, the arts teacch vital modes of seeing, imagining, inventing, and thinking" (Winner, E. & Hetland, L., 2007).

    The Studio Habits of Mind are the how we teach these skills in the arts (including music):  


    Develop Craft: Learning to use and care for tools, instruments, and materials as well as the practices of an art form.

    Engage and Persist: Learning to embrace important artistic problems and develop focus within my work.

    Envision: Learning to mentally picture and/or hear the next possible steps in my work.

    Express: Learning to create works that convey an idea, a feeling, or meaning.

    Observe: Learning to look carefully to see or hear things that might not otherwise be seen.

    Reflect: Learning to talk about and assess the process of artmaking and musicmaking for myself and others.

    Stretch and Explore: Learning to reach beyond my abilities and embrace the chance to learn from my mistakes.

    Understand Art World: Learning about art and music history and ways to interact as an artist with other artists.



    Hetland, L., Winner, E., Veenema, S., & Sheridan, K. M. (2013). Studio Thinking 2 (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Develop Craft
Engage and Persist
Stretch and Explore
Understanding the Musical and Artistic World
Last Modified on August 25, 2019