By providing the tools to reach a person's underlying spirit, or essence, Bill Rossi's educational approach enables teachers to bring forth aspects of students' being that truly humanize them. Wander de C. Braga, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
In my 25 years as a pediatrician I have never seen another approach that turns around youths' lives as well as this one does. Elinor A. Graham MD, MPH, Medical Director, Children and Teens clinic, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Bill Rossi reminds us that young people cannot grow up complete
unless art, music and creativity are part of their lives, and
demonstrates how to bring out the best in students with specific
instructional approaches encouraging mentoring, strength-based teaching,
motivation, and putting students first.
The Story behind merge
A 1971 graduate of Boston's Berklee College of Music, Bill Rossi's experience includes teaching on the Berklee faculty, performing throughout the US, a private teaching studio, and founding and directing an arts nonprofit that served over 2,500 challenged youth and adults (resume / details).
A creative learner, Bill had been put at risk by teachers who deemed him unable to learn. Fortunately he studied with a music teacher who gave him a new perspective and the confidence that he had the inner intelligence to self-educate.
Through self-inquiry and observation he began to understand that like most people, he learned best through relationship and emotional relevance, and that learning can happen quite naturally once a person's strengths are developed. He went on to develop his teaching approach that ignites students' learning process, fans the flames of their creative spirit, and guides them to develop the inherent abilities that are fundamental to all learning.
Rossi has authored a primer on his arts mentoring approach (Venturing Together: Empowering Students to Succeed) and evaluation software to support that approach (SETS: Student Evaluation & Tracking System). He is currently returning to performance and private teaching.