women seeking men naples fl by Abby DeCrenza | Jul 13, 2015 | Music and Arts EducationCreativity and Its Importance Those who are able to think outside the box are the innovators and the problem solvers shaping society. Designing technology, producing culture, finding solutions – all require a unique and inventive perspective to build on what has been previously developed. In today’s society, being a creative thinker is one of the most valuable traits you can possess. New jobs are constantly emerging, meaning innovative thinking is all the more critical- it translates into any situation. In order to succeed in a dynamic environment, it is necessary that you think creatively. Are We Born Creative? While many adults would deny that they themselves fit the description “creative”, it is largely theorized that these same people do in fact start out with a creative mindset. The capacity to learn and understand is innate in childhood and translates as a need to create and disassemble for comprehension. At the age of five a child is operating at 80% of their creative capacity, while a child at the age of 12 is using around 2% of that. Instead of using their creativity, children are encouraged to focus on the routine memorization that is required in a traditional education setting. How to Foster Your Creativity It is apparent that we are all born with an instinctive sense of creativity that comes from seeking to understand the world. Yet, when this is not being fostered, that mindset begins to grow stale with age. What music and art programs such as Scarsdale Strings offer is an environment to cultivate the creative mindset through alternative means of experimentation. The Effects of Music on... read more
by Rheaa Rao | May 14, 2015 | Partners in the fieldOn May 14th, Scarsdale Strings is piloting the first ever ‘Music to the Dogs’ event with Bideawee at Manhattan School for Children. ‘Music to the Dogs’ is a unique modification to Bideawee’s existing program ‘Reading to the Dogs’ (RTD). RTD was conceptualized to enhance literacy by inviting children to read to canines since they are an inherently nonjudgmental audience. Scarsdale Strings has extended this program to create ‘Music to the Dogs’ for students who are first time performers and may be apprehensive about performing in front of a live audience. The students of the Manhattan School for Children will be performing as a part of the Scarsdale Strings District Orchestra at a Celebration of Learning event for the Chancellor and superintendents of New York City public schools this June. At our core we believe in linking creativity with service. We hope that through this program our students learn something about giving back. So we asked our volunteers the same question- what made them give their time through therapy dogs? Their stories are heartening. When Christine adopted a two year Labrador named Klecko, she instantly knew that Klecko’s silently observant disposition was ideal for a therapy dog. Klecko’s mere presence and gentle nudges with her wet nose helped an eight year old autistic patient come out of her shell. This made Christine think about the reason she joined the therapy team at Bideawee. It was because therapy dogs helped her own mother- a cancer patient-cope with her illness. Thomas Tulipan saw similar traits in his dog Nephertiti. He just knew that she had the makings of a therapy dog. Nephertiti,... read more
Christopher Celiz juggles his outstanding, growing career as a Scarsdale Strings teacher and a prolific New York City beat boxer. Find out how!
Scarsdale Strings presents curated student responses to the prompt- My arts teacher changed my life.
This article highlights the efforts of Principal Kimberly Chance-Peart of PS/IS 327. Starting in September 2015, Scarsdale Strings will be the school’s art synergy partner.