What Happens When a Group of Artists Get Into One Room?

What happens when a group of artists get into one room?  MAGIC. Music in Schools Today hosted their annual Teaching Artist Professional Development in preparation for the work these amazing people will be doing.  This year, we have over 45 teaching artist teaching students music, visual arts, and dance in over 65 sites/ classrooms. Stay tuned to our social media accounts to learn about their “magic” they are bringing to students throughout the Bay Area. Our programs are growing and if you’d like to join this amazing group of artists, please email us at: info@mustcreate.com         Please follow and like...

Kids Music Day 2017

  Join Music in Schools Today on Instagram this Friday Oct. 6 as we celebrate, Kids Music Day!  This movement, started by Keep Music Alive, is to help focus attention on the importance of including music as part of our children’s education. We will be participating by posting pictures of the programs we bring to Bay Area Schools. Join us by leaving a comment or post your own picture of music programs/ lessons/ instruments with the hashtag : #KeepMusicAlive.  We’ll see you Friday… on Instragram!         Please follow and like...

How to Work With an Artist in Residence

At a time when the arts are being squeezed out of the curriculum,  inviting an artist to take up residence in your school can be an excellent way to supplement arts education. Working directly with an artist can reveal the process of creating art and help pupils to experiment with their creativity and gain confidence in expressing themselves. It will also give young people an insight into the professional arts world and demonstrate the continuum from art made in the classroom through to professional practice. The benefits might be obvious, but the process of setting up an artist in residence may not be. Here are some tips for a successful collaboration. Think about your project brief Make sure you have a purpose in mind for the artist to work towards. What type of involvement would you like the artist to have? You may want them to give talks, run practical workshops or lead a project that will involve pupils in the production of an artwork. Think about how the residency will link to school curriculum or out-of-school activity. Make sure you are clear about what you hope students and staff will gain from the experience. Set a timeline How many times a week will this artist come in and for how long?  Will the students display their learning at the end of the residence? Will this be for the school Parents? Give the artist specifics Make sure the artist knows  who to contact if they are going to miss a class due to illness or other factors.  What is the make-up policy? Have a conversation about how the school...

Should I have Art Residencies At My School?

Wondering if you should bring an arts residency to your school?  Here are six reasons why we think you should! Art Residencies enhance students’ powers of perception, appreciation of the arts, and abilities to express themselves creatively. Art Residencies help teachers develop strategies to integrate the arts into their daily classroom instruction. Art Residencies provide opportunities for artists to develop professionally. Art Residencies bring new perspectives to arts curriculum in the schools. Art Residencies provide opportunities for artists to communicate with a wider audience. Art Residencies provide experiences through programs that explore the various cultures of the world! Looking for an arts residency?  Check out what Music In Schools Today has to offer.         Please follow and like...

National Arts in Education Week

  September 10 – 16, thousands of arts organizations and communities across the nation will celebrate the transformative power of the arts in education during National Arts in Education Week. Passed by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 designates the week to be a celebration intended to bring attention to the cause of arts education for elected officials and educational decision-makers across the country, and to support equitable access to the arts for all students. As MUST inches closer to our 35th anniversary ( December 2017), our mission is more important that ever! We advocate for, develop, and deploy sustainable music education programs that improve student achievement in school and in life. And with your help, our vision will one day become a reality: A world where every child is curious and engaged in learning, through the power of music! There are many ways you can celebrate National Arts in Education Week: – Share are personal story on social media using the hashtag #BecauseofArtsEd. – Celebrate at a local event. – Advocate for arts education in your community. – Support Americans for the Arts! Tell us how you plan to get involved!           Please follow and like...
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