Merge Education

Want to empower your students to become self-learners? With Bill Rossi's educational mentoring approach, you can.

This creative approach is supported by the book "Venturing Together: Empowering Students to Succeed" and software "SETS: Student Evaluation & Tracking System."

The Story Behind Merge

Founded in 2008, Merge disseminates Bill Rossi's teaching approach via his book Venturing Together: Empowering Students to Succeed and software, SETS: Student Evaluation & Tracking System.

Rossi's effective and unique teaching approach is a result of his life experience. A creative learner, Bill had struggled as a child under traditional teaching methods. 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, and so he did.

In 1971 Bill graduated from Boston's Berklee College of Music. He then taught on the Berklee faculty, performed throughout the US, established a private teaching studio, and founded and directed an arts nonprofit that served over 2,500 challenged youth and adults (resume / details).

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. This spurred him 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.