Celebrate Women’s History Month: Five Notable Women in Music History

Celebrate Women’s History Month: Five Notable Women in Music History

Happy Women’s History Month! Today, let’s honor a few notable women in music history. Like most aspects of the… music business, songwriting was a male-dominated field. Though there were plenty of female singers on the radio, women… were primarily seen as consumers:… Singing was sometimes an acceptable pastime for a girl, but playing an instrument, writing songs, or producing records simply wasn’t done… [and women] were not socialized to see themselves as people who create [music]. Erika Abrams in Rebeat, 28 January 2015 Despite this, there are many women who went against the grain and established themselves as successful musicians and composers. Additionally, it was accepted that women would have a role in music education, and they became involved in this field “to such a degree that women dominated music education during the latter half of the 19th century and well into the 20th century.” Above, left to right: Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, Clara Schumann, Carrie Jacobs-Bond, Dorothy Fields, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.   Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre was a French composer, musician, and harpsichordist. She became a musician in the Royal Court and taught, composed, and gave concerts at home and throughout Paris, to great acclaim. Clara Schumann was a German composer and concert pianist who had a 61-year concert career, which changed the format and repertoire of the piano recital and the tastes of the listening public. Carrie Jacobs-Bond was the “preeminent woman composer of the late 1800s and well into the middle of the twentieth century… [making her] the first million-selling woman” songwriter. Dorothy Fields wrote the lyrics for over 400 songs, some of which were played by Duke Ellington. She co-wrote “The Way You Look Tonight“, which won...

How Reverb has helped us put more instruments into kids’ hands!

Reverb Gives is helping us make the world more musical. Thanks to Reverb, we’re putting more musical instruments into the hands of students who need them! This Fall, Music in Schools Today provided 55 classes and over 1,300 children in the Bay Area with quality music education. We’ve been teaching and advocating for music education for over 35 years, but everyone needs a little help from time to time. That’s why we are so grateful to Reverb.com for their generous donation of instruments for our programs! Thanks to their support, we were able to provide instruments for several Music Enrichment classes, as well as musical instrument kits for our Music First! classes. These include guitars, drums, shakers, and various percussion instruments which are being used every week by students for pre-K through 8th grade! Thanks to Reverb, we’ve been able to put 184 instruments in the hands of children in our community just this Fall. We’ve taught them how to play their instruments to express themselves and set them up on the path of achievement in school and in the arts. Much thanks to the folks at Reverb.com for their support of music education and Music in Schools Today! Please follow and like...
The Five Best Talks from SXSW EDU 2019

The Five Best Talks from SXSW EDU 2019

Last week was the SXSW EDU Conference and Festival, an event that invites educators and visionaries to speak on topics covering all aspects of education today. SXSW EDU features a diverse array of speakers, sessions, workshops, learning experiences, policy discussions and film screenings programmed to foster learning and discovery for all education stakeholders. Below are 5 of the best talks from this year’s conference, guaranteed to inspire anyone interested in improving education. Stick around for #5 on why music matters in shaping the next generation! 1. Jennifer Gonzalez on the Aerodynamics of Exceptional Schools  “In any school, just as in air travel, different forces impact our progress: some of these forces push us forward and lift us up, while others pull us back and drag us down. The success of our schools depends largely on how well we manage these forces. By applying wisdom from change management theory, instructional coaching, the tech industry, and even the fitness world, we can learn how to fight weight and drag, increase lift and thrust, and make our schools truly exceptional.” [link]   2. LeVar Burton and Alicia Levi in A Gift of Literacy “We can change the world with literacy, it’s the key to freedom, I genuinely believe that.” -LeVar Burton [link]   3. Patrick Awuah Jr on Turning Challenges into Opportunities “Education is the harbinger of hope for communities facing impossible challenges. While Africa’s image is often equated with poverty and conflict, the continent has the potential for rapid development. Ashesi University exemplifies this potential with a model focused on equipping students with leadership development, firm ethical foundations and entrepreneurial thinking. In doing so, Ashesi...
Happy Music in our Schools Month!

Happy Music in our Schools Month!

Spring is almost here. It’s finally March and that can only mean one thing: its Music in Our Schools Month! Music In Our Schools Month began as a single statewide Advocacy Day and celebration in New York on March 14, 1973, and grew over the decades to become a month-long celebration of school music in 1985. The celebration lengthened as teachers asked for more time to showcase their music programs. Since 1985, the National Association for Music Education has been celebrating music in schools every March. They hold the Biggest School Chorus in the World and generally advocate for music in schools across the nation. This year, NAfME and MioSM are encouraging EVERYONE to take part in Music in our Schools Month by launching this year’s theme: All People, All Music. The purpose of MIOSM is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music. MIOSM is an opportunity for music teachers to bring their music programs to the attention of the school and the community, and to display the benefits that school music brings to students of all ages. We encourage you to get involved! Music in our Schools Month is open to all, and their website even lists ways to celebrate here. These ideas include: Change your profile picture for Music In Our Schools Month during March! Share photos of how you celebrate Music In Our Schools Month with your students and your community on Instagram and Twitter using #AllMusicAllPeople and ‪#‎MIOSM. Don’t forget to tag @NAfME! See how other schools are celebrating Music In Our Schools Month. “Toot your own horn” with an article on your school website...
Increase your happiness by 7%–volunteer for MUST!

Increase your happiness by 7%–volunteer for MUST!

Spring is almost here! Why not turn over a new leaf? Volunteer your time with Music in Schools Today and help bring music to schools in the Bay Area! April is National Volunteer Month, and there is no better time to begin volunteering to expand our music education programs. With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. Giving to others can also help protect your mental and physical health. Helping others kindles happiness, as many studies have demonstrated. When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness in a large group of American adults, they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were. Compared with people who never volunteered, the odds of being “very happy” rose 7% among those who volunteer monthly and 12% for people who volunteer every two to four weeks. (Source)   There are several ways you can volunteer with Music in Schools Today: Become a board member Exercise your visionary and leadership skills by becoming a member of the board! Our Board of Directors and Advisory Board provide valuable assistant to Music in Schools Today. Donate your time to a marketing campaign Help raise funds for MUST by volunteering for a marketing campaign. Your time will help bring in donations to fund music education! Volunteer at special events Volunteer to help MUST staff at special events and fundraisers! Have fun and help raise funds for Music in Schools Today.   Our volunteers play an important role in the expansion...