Posts Tagged ‘Art’


The Importance of Early Musical Involvement: A Retrospective

May 31, 2011
Santa Teresa High School  Jazz Band

Image by San Jose Library via Flickr

Article by: Devin Grant

Music. For many of us, imagining a world without it is unthinkable, almost tantamount to losing a part of ourselves. But while music is now so clearly a part of our lives in one way or another, it’s important to remember the gifts that it has given us along the way, and the benefits that it can bestow early in life. Finding myself working with music for the summer has made me think back on all of the ways that music has affected my life to this point, and being thankful for that past I feel the need to share these benefits, in the hope that young (potential) musicians can experience the same friendly, supportive helping hand that music has granted me.

Academic Benefits

In this section I aim to speak not from personal experience (that would be a tad pompous) but from the much more persuasive statistics. Many studies have shown a strong correlation between participation in music and academic success, particularly in mathematics. The links aren’t hard to find; it doesn’t take much effort to connect rhythms and fractions, mathematical formulae can be (and have been) written to mimic melodies, and the complexities of a skilled composition are mirrored in the many facets of a complicated equation. However, the academic benefits are not limited simply to mathematics; one study conducted in Southern California showed that students involved in musical extra-curricula’s such as band or choir on average had a GPA over half a point higher than their non-musical counterparts. Some studies have gone as far as to say that music majors have the highest SAT scores in all areas (as a math major I find that hard to believe, but we’ll leave it to the experts). Regardless, it is undeniable that music positively impacts academic success and it’s not hard to see why. Between building analytical skills from reading and understanding musical scores, to the work ethic gained by the necessity of regular practice, music teaches children many important skills for academia.

Social Benefits

While a somewhat obvious benefit, this certainly merits mention considering its importance. Anyone who has been involved in musical groups can tell you that it is practically unavoidable that you will make new friends through music. Many of my friendships started and matured through music, resulting in some of my very closest friends, as well as having friends living all across the country. They say that an important part of a friendship is having common interests, and when meeting through music this first requirement is already met. Regular practices as well as performances and other occasions provide the perfect grounds to foster a new friendship. Speaking from personal experience, music offers a venue for many otherwise shy, introverted people to break out of their shell. Whether it be playing solos, belting out a spectacular note, or simply performing as part of a group, music allows these people to make themselves heard in a venue where they can feel accepted and comfortable with themselves.

Personal Benefits

This is perhaps one of the more overlooked benefits granted by musical involvement. As mentioned in the previous section, music offers a place where people can begin to express themselves socially and break out of their shell. What comes with this opportunity is a means to grow as a person, especially where confidence is involved. I for one was very unconfident throughout my elementary and junior high school years, until jazz band, choir, and musical theatre performances gave me a chance to push myself into roles that I had never seen myself filling up to that point, making solo performances and even resulting in performing a 60’s love song in a white tuxedo (anyone who knows me well remembers this event, whether fondly or not is a point of contention). It’s hard to find a medium other than music that allows someone to push and improve themselves as much as music does. Of course emotionally, music has always been an incredibly important mode of self-expression, whether one is performing, composing, or simply listening. The connection between music and the human psyche is one of the strongest there is, and having music as a part of one’s life is truly a gift at a time filled with emotional turmoil. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but often the way to your own heart is through your ears.

Despite everything written above, the effect music can have on a young person truly can’t be expressed in words. Those of us who have lived it know how it feels, and we can only hope that many more of future generations will experience it for themselves. My message to today’s youth: play early, and play often.

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The Business for the Arts Awards – Nominations are now Open – Due April 15th

March 28, 2011

• The Edmund C. Bovey Award is given to an individual business professional who has demonstrated exemplary leadership support of the arts. The winner of the Bovey Award receives a unique work of art and $20,000 to donate to the arts organizations(s) of his or her choice.

• The Globe and Mail Business for the Arts Awards are comprised of four awards recognizing companies that have shown an outstanding commitment to the arts in Canada. Awards include: Best Entrepreneurial Partnership, Most Effective Corporate Program, Most Innovative Marketing Sponsorship and Small Business Partnership.

• The Arnold Edinborough Award recognizes an individual young professional under the age of 40 who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and volunteerism in the arts. The Arnold Edinborough Award winner receives a unique work of art and $5,000 to donate to the arts organization(s) of his or her choice.

Business for the Arts is partnering with the Globe and Mail and CTV/Bravo to help you recognize the businesses and volunteers who have helped your cultural organization to thrive and flourish. Nominations are now open for the Business for the Arts awards, recognizing Canada’s great business leaders in the arts. Winning arts-business partnerships will be profiled through our national media partnerships, (including a series of ads in the Globe and Mail and a 30min segment on Bravo’s Arts & Minds), and on-stage at our annual awards gala in the Fall, which attracts 400+ of Canada’s arts and business leaders. This is a fabulous opportunity to thank your private sector partners on a grand scale for all they do for your organization.

There is certainly an individual in your midst who has donated tremendous amounts of time, talent and treasure who is deserving of the Bovey Award, and the $20,000 prize that comes with it to donate to the arts organization of their choice; or an under 40 star volunteer who would be eligible for the Arnold Edinborough Award, and the complementing $5,000 award prize, again to be donated to the arts organization of their choice. There is also likely a small business and national corporation who has done wonders for your organization as a sponsor, both in-kind and/or monetarily. This is your chance to tell these stories of private philanthropy and contribution from the private sector. And our chance as a sector to help inspire others to follow suit!

To learn more about our awards program and nomination process,

please visit OR contact Kaija Corlazzoli, Gala Producer at (416) 871-4275 or


Open Audition Call – Stephenville Theatre Festival Summer Season

March 21, 2011

( 6 week contract )

When: Saturday, March 26th, 2pm – 5pm

Where: MAX Arts, Athletics and Wellness – Studio 4

LeMarchant Road Studio


2 Females ages 16 – 18

2 Males ages 16 – 18

4 females ages 18 – 40

4 males ages 18 – 40

Please come with:

One Rock Song and/or Country Song prepared to be sung with a pianist. Please bring music.

One Monologe

Also casting:

1 female 50+ – Please prepare One Comedic and one Dramatic Monologue

Headshot and Resume required.


NLAC info sessions: Port aux Basques, Stephenville and Corner Brook

February 28, 2011

Public Information Session
on arts funding opportunities

The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council will hold Public Information Sessions in: Port aux Basques: Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 7-9 p.m.
St. Christopher’s HotelStephenville: Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 7-9 p.m.
Stephenville Arts and Culture Centre

Corner Brook: Thursday, March 10, 2011, 7-9 p.m.
Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre

Learn about NLAC funding programs for:
·        individual artists
·        groups
·        not-for-profit arts organizations
·        not-for-profit arts festivals
·        community arts groups
·        schools

For more information:

Phone: 726-2212 or long distance toll free 1-866-726-2212



NLAC Announces Grant Recipients for the Professional Project Grants Program (fall 2010 session)

February 7, 2011

During the fall 2010 granting session of the Professional Project Grants Program (PPGP), the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC) awarded $248,200 in grants to 71 artistic projects.

The PPGP supports artistic projects involving creation, production or professional development. The program is open to professional artists, groups, and organizations working in dance, film, multidiscipline arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and writing. Grants are awarded through a competitive application process. Applications are assessed by committees of artistic peers who have expertise in the relevant artistic disciplines.

This session the average grant awarded to new professional artists and groups was $1,854 (maximum available grant $3000); and the average grant awarded to established professional artists or groups and professional not-for-profit arts organizations was $4,444 (with a maximum available grant of $7500). The NLAC received a total of 164 applications requesting $826,613.

“As usual, demand exceeded available funds,” says Reg Winsor, executive director of the NLAC. “These figures show that only 43 percent of applicants received funding, and only 30 percent of the total amount requested was awarded.”

The Professional Project Grants Program has two grant deadlines a year: one in the spring and one in the fall. The next application deadline is March 15, 2011 (for projects starting on or after May 15, 2011.)

To view the full list of grant recipients click this link to open a PDF


Jazz Recording of the Year Nominees at the 2011 ECMA with Video

January 24, 2011

Daniel Matto – I’m Old Fashioned

Dwayne Côté & Duane Andrews – Dwayne Côté & Duane Andrews

Glen Strickey – Roots for Rudy

Krisanne Crowell with Solarocity – Right In the Middle of Wrong

Lina Boudreau – Noel Lounge

Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington – BiCoastal Collective: Chapter Two

To listen to Samples from this album click here

Swingology – Under Paris Skies


Classic WIJBF & St. John’s Jazz Festival Posters

December 21, 2010

In the past nine years we have had some great posters. Here is a small selection of some the best.

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