The Story Behind Merge

A 1971 graduate of Boston's Berklee College of Music, Bill Rossi founded and directed an arts nonprofit that served over 2,500 challenged youth and adults from 1995 to 2012.

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A creative learner, Bill had struggled under traditional teaching methods - he eventually realized that the problem wasn't with him but with the way he had been taught, and that his was a common experience for creative people.

As he got heavily into teaching he understood 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 developed his teaching approach that accommodates this process.

Rossi has authored:

- a teachers' guide on his arts mentoring approach - Venturing Together: Empowering Students to Succeed

- evaluation software for student evaluation and assessment and afterschool program management - SETS: Student Evaluation & Tracking System.

This video documents the arts nonprofit Bill founded and directed: