Music and Art in Progress At Our School
On Music Projects, Bullying and the Power of Music
In addition we engaged in a process of creating shirts that the music students would wear around the school. All shirts were hand made and were meant to send anti-bullying messages. I bought just plain shirts from Walmart (we did a small fundraiser) and then we all decorated our own. We included the art students as well as other students who wanted to come and help.
he students enjoyed this project and the ability to send a message through creating their own shirts tremendously! This was also a good way to engage other students in the school who may not be directly interested in music.
How Can The Arts Help a School Community
Change in a student does not happen overnight
Everything starts with the teacher in a classroom. Everything starts with the parents at home. Children remember and imitate us more than we want to. We must always be mindful of that. No matter what you want to teach a child, model it first!
The arts have a way to teach things indirectly. This is the best way to start focusing on a difficult subject. This is one of the reason I am doing a book series this summer on my blog. You can use them to plant an idea in a child and influence them without pressuring them.
Developing character is a long process. Issues such as tolerance and appreciating diversity take a long time to develop in a child. Putting on a movie, one conversation would not make a difference. These would only be the things to start the process but not the end goal.
Teaching confidence should come before teaching tolerance. One cannot respect others if they don’t respect themselves. One cannot make others feel safe if one does not feel safe in the world.
As for the dots at the end…can you complete the list?
Have you had experience with tolerance or the lack of? How have you helped your child?