Legacy Gifts and Estate Planning Made Easy!

A wonderful way to support Music in Schools Today (MUST) in an effective and meaningful way is by naming MUST as a beneficiary designation of a financial account or by naming MUST as a beneficiary of your Will or Living Trust. In regard to financial accounts, these easy gifts include: – IRAs, 401(k)s, and other retirement plans – Savings, checking, and brokerage accounts – Stocks and Bonds – Commercial annuities – Donor advised funds – Life insurance policies To name MUST as a beneficiary of any of these types of accounts, in most cases it is as simple as contacting your financial advisor and requesting a “beneficiary designation” form or a “transfer on death” form and indicating that you would like to name MUST as a beneficiary of such account.  You will need our legal name (Music in Schools Today) and likely our tax identification number (94-292-0480), and please feel free to contact us if any additional information is required. Additionally, an equally effective and thoughtful way to support MUST is to name MUST as a beneficiary in your Will or Living Trust. Generally, providing for a “specific bequest” of a certain amount of money (or other property) to be distributed to MUST or by naming MUST as one of your final “residual beneficiaries” (usually done in fractional or percentage terms), you can ensure your estate will support future generations of music education and mentoring to those most in need of it! Please let us know if you have named MUST as a beneficiary designation of any financial account or as a beneficiary of your Will or Living Trust, so...

Musical Back to School Ice Breakers: Musical Masterpieces

Musical Masterpieces is not just about creating visual art through listening to music.  It is also a great way to get students listening, following directions, and to reinforce how to move about the classroom. Download the instructions here. You can use any music for this activity. Have fun and enjoy!     Please follow and like...

Musical Back to School Ice Breakers: Scavenger Hunt

  Here is a great way for Teachers and Teaching Artists to get to know their students, and for the students to get to know each other through a scavenger hunt.  Just like the game, “Find A Classmate who…”  students interview each other about their musical knowledge.  This game however doesn’t require musical knowledge.  Download the PDF here.  It’s a great activity for both music and non music classroom!       Please follow and like...

Musical Back to School Ice Breakers: Find a Classmate Who…

Are you looking for fun ways to build community and get students to meet each other?  This is one of our favorites. The goal is to get students out of their seats and talking to each other in a structured way.  Go over the instructions, set a time limit, and have FUN! If there is time, go over the answers! Please download and share!   Please follow and like...

Listening: An Easy Entry Point to Supporting STEAM at Home

STEM education refers to the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEAM education incorporates the “A” for the arts – recognizing that to be successful in technical fields, individuals must also be creative and use critical thinking skills which are best developed through exposure to the arts and there are many easy ways to support it at home. Listen to nature. Listen to recordings of nature.  Better yet, go out into nature and listen. Ask your child to identify the sounds they hear included animals, waves, blowing grass. This activity fosters observation skills, sorting and identification all of which is essential to science and math. Remember, the purpose of STEAM should not be so much to teach art but to apply art in real situations. Applied knowledge leads to deeper learning. Have fun and STEAM on!!!!         Please follow and like...
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