Federal Education Rewrite Adds Arts into STEM!

The recognition of the importance of the Arts in education is picking up STEAM!  Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS, and Mathematics, that is.

U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) offered an amendment to a federal education bill to integrate the arts into the nation’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. Rep. Bonamici, a co-chair of the Congressional STEAM Caucus, has tried to offer similar amendments in previous legislative efforts.  This one passed unanimously.

This amendment’s success comes on the heels of a Congressional STEAM Caucus event on Capitol Hill last week recognizing eight schools for their work to incorporate the arts along with STEM subjects.

When TPA was formed in 1996, the founders recognized that the arts form part of the core of a well-rounded, liberal arts education.  Now it seems that others in the nation are beginning to recognize this as well.

Music of the New World Performing Arts November 21

Spend a lovely evening enjoying great food, conversation, and our students’ music!

Tickets are available here.

Each year our Performing Arts dinner concert is a lovely, elegant experience.   Funds raised at this event support our students in the Spring Musical, the Cantamus Spring Trip, and the other performing arts groups at TPA.

Tickets are available here.

This year’s theme is Music of the New World.  The concert portion of the evening is planned to feature choral music from Colonial America, Mexican Folk music, French Canadian music, “Hanacpachap,” spirituals, and “The River”  presented by Cantamus.  Also planned is Moret’s “Fanfare,” Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Sibelius’s “Valse Triste,” and Sousa’s “The Liberty Bell” played by Sinfonia.  Bel Canto Junior High choir also is scheduled to perform.

Tickets are available here.

But first, an elegant, sumptuous, “All American” dinner, served by the performers, begins the evening.  Parents of the performers can help with the evening.

The venue is Grace Community Church, Davidson Center. TPA’s Performing Arts Department depends on this fund-raising event to provide a reasonable participation fee for our students in:

  • Cantamus
  • Sinfonia
  • Bel Canto Choir
  • Beginning Strings
  • Spring Musical

Tickets are available online at TPAPerformingArts.org.

Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Series Continues

Mrs. Catherine Hayden, founder of the Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Series, reminded me of the amazing concert coming up Sunday:

Please come to hear cello sonatas and piano duets on Sunday November 22nd in the TCA Gallery at 2:30 pm. Tchaikovsky gold medal cellist Nathaniel Rosen will play Beethoven’s Cello Sonata Op. 102 No. 2 and the Rochberg Ricordanza with the head the Juilliard piano department, Jerome Lowenthal. The leading champion of contemporary American piano music, Ursula Oppens will accompany him on the Elliott Carter Cello Sonata. In addition, Mr. Lowenthal and Ms. Oppens will play Rzewski’s Four Hands, a piece written for them, and Fauré’s Dolly Suite.

Please remind your students that their parents get a reduced price of $20 (students are $10) by quoting “charter school” when they buy tickets. The same password works for staff members too. The box office is 4880-350-2822 ($1 ticketing fee). If you buy a ticket at the window, the ticketing fee is $1. Remember there is a reception (a glass of wine is included with the adult ticket) after the concert and I hope you and your students will attend and meet the musicians.

All of the concerts in this series are suitable for review.

Making music supports all learning

Laura Lewis Brown traces some of the non-musical benefits of music making.

Language development, increased IQ, giving your brain a workout, building spatial-temporal skills, improved test scores.


Of course, those of us who love the arts do so because, well, we love the arts … not because doing so benefits our performance in other subjects, or gives our brain a workout, or improves our test scores!  The arts are worthy of study, whether or not they benefit other subjects.


This entry is the last one in a series of six articles about the benefits of arts education.

See also:

  1. Turns out your mom was right!
  2. Arts Participation and SAT Scores
  3. Music education is good for you!
  4. Scientists who were also accomplished artists
  5. Music education benefits your child in so many ways

Thanks to Mrs. Lenore Wilkison for her assistance in researching the sources in this series.

The arts are part of the core educational experience for all students at TPA and TPJA.  Our curriculum, 6th through 12th grades, calls for all students to participate in an arts class every semester. 

Symphony of the Southwest 2 for 1 Ticket Deal

I received the following invitation from Symphony of the Southwest.  This concert is suitable for review.

Join Maestro Cal Stewart Kellogg on Saturday, November 7th, as he welcomes Alan and Brandon Wu, winners of the 3rd Youth Symphony of the Southwest Concerto Competition, to the opening concert of Symphony of the Southwest’s 2015-2016 season.  The concert, which begins at 7:30 PM, will be held at the Mesa Arts Center.  The program for the evening includes:
  • BeethovenLeonore Overture
  • BoccheriniCello Concerto No. 9 in B flat Major  (I.  Allegro Moderato, Brandon Wu, cello
  • ChopinPiano Concerto No. 1 in E minor (III. Rondo – Vivace, Alan Wu, piano)
  • BeethovenSymphony No. 6 “Pastoral”, Op. 68 in F Major

Mesa Arts Center has announced a “2 for 1” ticket deal for the November 7th Concert!  To take advantage of the special ticket price, click on this Stars of Tomorrow link and type in the promo code “MOZART” as you purchase your tickets.

Visit the ensemble’s web site for more information.