Mark Stewart believes that 'the word 'musician' is too often used to discourage people from participating in their birth right as sound-makers' and gives a captivating performance via numerous home-made instruments. Mark is a New York City-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer and instrument designer. He has been a member of many bands, and is a founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars band and The Jerry Wortman Nonette. He has also worked with famous musicians among which Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Paul McCartney.
Mark makes music from everything – especially items cast away as garbage, things he finds in dumpsters. He’s an engaging speaker and this TED talk is a clear example of the importance of arts education. In particular he believes that arts has to be mandatory for all students. Kids have had creativity beaten out of them, think they can’t sing, think they can’t talk in front of an audience, think they can’t write creatively, think they can’t paint or draw. Classes like Stewart’s teach kids to open themselves up to the possibilities that maybe they can.
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