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“I quit because I wasn’t good enough…"
by Ginevra Ralph, Director of Education
I often think we “in the arts” are our own worst enemy when it comes to advocating for arts in K-12 education, let alone for pursuing any art form as an adult. Not being “good enough” is one of the major reasons that adults have identified as to why they stopped making music as a kid. If asked “good enough for whom?”, they typically list “for my mom; for my teacher; and/or for myself”.
Setting some sort of “quality” standard, emphasizing competitions ,or challenging first chair orchestra positions results in the sense that only certain people with certain skills are “good enough to make art”. Nevertheless, as adults we all create things every day; we can’t help it, simply because that is what makes us human. All youngsters need a wide variety of art/crafts experiences throughout their K-12 education to introduce them to the many ways they can create their world around them, be it through painting, music, dance, wood working, jewelry making, pottery, cooking, and more.
The point of this exposure should be to pique curiosity, to make connections with others, to experience a sense of personal accomplishment, and to engender a confidence to pursue these activities later as adults for self-satisfaction. A very, very few people in each of these media may rise to the level of “a great artist”, but the vast majority of us don’t. Should we just quit?
At The Shedd music-making is a non-competitive, non-contact sport! So if your appetite has ever been whetted to try a new instrument, to sing, or to pick up where you left off, talk to us about lessons. At The Shedd, the only person that matters is the student. When he or she is having a great time and feeling fulfilled making music, we assert that that is good enough!
Term Announcements
- Spring classes begin Sunday, April 2.
- Begin private lessons anytime!
- No classes scheduled: Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day).
Focus on the Classes...
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The Music Box
Music Box provides a beginning foundation in music education with hands-on explorations of different instruments, songs and musical styles to help students discover the right “fit” for their musical interests and pick a favorite instrument for further study. Each week introduces a new song from our Music Box CD (ranging from spirituals, folk, jazz, bluegrass and more) followed by a hands-on introduction to a new instrument led by a Shedd Faculty member! Read more...
Musical dancers
Dance at The Shedd
The Shedd Institute Music School offers a range of dance classes each term with a special focus musical theatre and tap. This term:
Musical Theatre Dance
Beg/Int Musical Theatre & Jazz Dance (grd 9-adult)
Adv Musical Theatre & Jazz Dance (grd 9-adult)
Tap Dance
Tap Dance (grd 1-8)
Beg/Int Tap (grd 9-adult)
Advanced Tap (grd 9-adult)
Social Dance
Ballroom/Social Dance (grd 9-adult)
Singing Club
Adult Singing
Do you like to sing but don't know where to start or need to find a group of friendly folks to sing with? The Shedd offers several classes designed and led by Amy Adams for adults who are interested in recreational group singing:
Music School Registrar
Current term catalog PDF
Current Term catalog PDF
Spring Term 2017
Weekly Schedule
Spring Term 2017
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
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