VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS

Steve Stoner 
Art  and Music Supervisor
973-729-6191 ext. 218


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PHILOSOPHY

Success in Society

Perhaps the basic reason every child must have an education in the arts is that the arts are a part of the fabric of our society. The intrinsic value of the arts for each individual is widely recognized in the many cultures that make up American life—indeed; every human culture uses the art to carry forward its ideas and ideals. The importance of the arts in our economy is massive. And the value of the arts in shaping individual abilities and character are evident.


Success in School and Learning
Success in society, of course, is predicated on success in school. Any arts teacher or parent of an arts student can call to mind anecdotes about effectiveness of arts study in helping children become better students. Skills learned through the discipline of the arts, these stories commonly point out, transfer to study skills, communication skills, and cognitive skills useful in every part of the curriculum. Other stories emphasize the way the discipline of arts study—particularly through participation —helps students learn to work effectively in the school environment.

Success in Developing Intelligence
Success in school and in society depends on an array of abilities. Some measures of a child’s intelligence are indeed increased with music instruction. Data supports a long-established base of anecdotal knowledge to the effect that arts education makes kids smarter.What is new and especially compelling, however, is a combination of behavioral studies and groundbreaking neurological research that shows how music study can actively contribute to brain development. 

Success in Life
Each of us wants our children— and the children of all those around us—to achieve success in school, success in employment, and success in the social structures through which we move. But we also want our children to experience “success” on a broader scale. Participation in the arts, often as not based on a grounding in arts education during the formative school years, brings countless benefits to each individual throughout life. The benefits may be psychological or spiritual, and they maybe physical as well.

(MENC. 2009. The Benefits of the Study of Music. 'Music' changed to 'arts' for emphasis)


FACULTY
Please visit our teachers' websites in September for detailed information on course descriptions, homework, and grading policies. 

Loni Bach
Music

Robin Cutillo
Art

Deborah Gianuzzi
Music 

 Christy Graham
Art

Jennifer Kucher-Csatlos
Art

Andrew Lopez
Music

Laura Lopez
Music

 Christine Mase
Art

Victoria Reed
Drama

  Kristin Lindsley
Art


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