Pictures from Summit XX

We have a photographer mingling with participants and snapping the things the educators are doing as they go. Those pictures are shared with you through our photo galleries on this site.

Pre-Summit Highlights
Texas Fine Arts Summit 20

There are no spectators at this year’s event—as attendees, we will join forces with our colleagues in cross-disciplinary teams to tackle some of the toughest challenges we face in and out of our classrooms. We will imagine, ideate, and innovate at Summit XX.

To celebrate its twentieth year, CEDFA is transforming the traditional conference into an environment that is differentiated, dynamic, and responsive to our needs as professionals in fine arts education. At this year’s Summit, there will be no sit-and-get breakout sessions—there will be no death-by-PowerPoint. Instead, CEDFA is carving out time for us to put our creative energies together to solve real challenges. We will put our creativity to the test at Summit XX to design solutions to our challenges in the topic areas.

Description of the Topic Areas
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New Fine Arts TEKS charts

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Learning, Arts, and the Brain

The report is sponsored by the Dana Foundation Arts and Cognition Consortium. It is a collaboration of studies conducted by neuroscientists representing seven universities from across the United States pertaining to the association of arts training and higher academic performance. The consortium’s findings provide an understanding of the possible causal relationships between arts training and the ability of the brain to learn in other cognitive domains. The results of the studies should be helpful to students, parents, educators, and the general public in policy-making decisions as related to the importance of high quality arts education in our schools.

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Practicing a Musical Instrument in Childhood helps Reasoning Skills

A Harvard-based study has found that children who study a musical instrument for at least three years outperform children with no instrumental training – not only in tests of auditory discrimination and finger dexterity (skills honed by the study of a musical instrument), but also on tests measuring verbal ability and visual pattern completion (skills not normally associated with music).

While these results are correlational only, the strong predictive effect of training duration suggests that instrumental music training may enhance auditory discrimination, fine motor skills, vocabulary, and nonverbal reasoning. Alternative explanations for these results are discussed.

PLOS ONE publication archives of the October, 2008, report.
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Multi-year Music Training Can Enhance Reading Skills and Literacy

Children exposed to a multi-year program of music instruction involving training in increasingly complex rhythmic, tonal, and practical skills display superior cognitive performance in reading skills compared with their non-musically trained peers, according to a study published in the journal Psychology of Music. According to authors Joseph M. Piro and Camilo Ortiz from Long Island University, data from this study will help to clarify the role of music study on cognition and shed light on the question of the potential of music to enhance school performance in language and literacy.

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