A music teacher at Florida’s Miramar High School is turning heads for a very quick turnaround lately. A music teacher at Florida’s Miramar High School is turning heads for a very quick turnaround lately.

Band teacher Alvin Davis, has proudly taken charge of a group of students who are not only graduating from high school, but are enrolling in, and graduating from college. For the past 4 years the band director, Alvin Davis, has had a 100% graduation rate and enrollment in college.

Davis was also named the county and the state's Teacher of the Year. Davis, 35, has been teaching for 11 years, the last eight at Miramar High.

Davis was recently profiled by CBS News, who produced the video at the following link: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7404214n&tag=contentMain;contentBody

In a keynote address to formally open the 2012 Biennial Music Educators National Conference, Rachel Goslins, executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), said arts education is key to helping to give all students a high-quality education.In a keynote address to formally open the 2012 Biennial Music Educators National Conference, Rachel Goslins, executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), said arts education is key to helping to give all students a high-quality education.

However, she said the committee sees arts education as a “wrench” to help repair what is wrong, not as a “flower.”Goslins discussed the 2011 PCAH report, Reinvesting in the Arts: Winning America’s Future through Creative Schools. She said the 18-month study looked at arts education at Title 1 schools. In terms of teaching leadership, creativity, and critical thinking, “the arts have a large footprint,” she added. To read the complete report, visit pcah.gov.

This video of the unbelievable effects that music can have on elderly patients has been making the rounds on the Internet this week. Well worth a look!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKDXuCE7LeQ

 


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