I see too many public service commercials-today-exhorting us to support the Performing and Fine Arts in public education. The mission of Continuing the Conversation is to promote and advance dialogue in order to identify and work on urgent issues in the Arts in Education sector and to inspire those involved to lead and create change in this sector and beyond through expanding the place of the arts in education and in society.
The curriculum is designed for teachers (secondary and higher education, university) who operate within an institutional framework, or with an educational practice within the cultural sector, but the programme also opens up to cultural workers, artists and designers interested in education, pedagogy and/or the public dimension of their work.
The team of teacher educators in the School of Arts Education and Movement are committed to the empowerment of the next generation of teachers as dynamic, ethical leaders in arts education and physical education who will make a significant and unique contribution to the holistic learning of children and young people.
Others come with specific academic or professional interests: using the arts as therapy for Alzheimer’s patients, arts integration, the design of after-school arts programs, the use of the arts with incarcerated populations, or promoting intercultural understanding through the arts.
Music education also has a clear causal impact on verbal skills, probably via its facilitation of auditory skills: music training improves phonological skills, the ability to hear speech in a noisy environment, and there is preliminary evidence that it might facilitate foreign language learning.