Debora Wondercheck (MFA) is the Founder and CEO of the Arts & Learning Conservatory (A&L), an inspirational arts education program now celebrating 10 years of influential growth in Orange County. I can keep going with benefits of learning music on and on. But as a teacher I can tell one more very important fact: music helps to calm, relax, be happy – a big help for over stressed kids from difficult homes, students in difficult schools and so on.
After studying music education and performance at California State University Fullerton where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, Rob continued his music profession as a full time musician performing on stages across the United States on a U.S. Tour with his own original funk band for ten years.
In fact, a study led by Ellen Winner, professor of psychology at Boston College, and Gottfried Schlaug, professor of neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, found changes in the brain images of children who underwent 15 months of weekly music instruction and practice.
As Pruett explains, the many intrinsic benefits to music education include being disciplined, learning a skill, being part of the music world, managing performance, being part of something you can be proud of, and even struggling with a less than perfect teacher.
The long-term objective of the Chair is to build capacity in teacher education and quality of education through collaboration on projects, events and electronic sharing of knowledge in arts and learning with a view to promoting north-south and north-south-south dialogue, mutual understanding and a culture of peace.