The Story Behind Merge
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.
Wander de C. Braga MD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Albany, NY
By providing the tools to reach a person's underlying spirit, or essence, Bill Rossi's approach enables teachers to bring forth aspects of students' being that truly humanize them.
Elinor A. Graham MD, MPH
Medical Director, Children and Teens clinic, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
In my 25 years as a pediatrician I have never seen another approach that turns around youths' lives as well as this one does.
Senior Fellow, Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington; co-author, A Legacy of Learning
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.
What he demonstrates is that effective education is … about encouraging young people’s innate love of learning.