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...

The Value of Music Integration: A Classroom Teacher’s Perspective

  Music Integration looks different in every classroom depending on the comfort levels of the collaborating teachers. These four wonderful classroom teachers from Oakland learned alongside their students as the music teacher taught rhythmic activities using steady beat and simple musical notation. The classroom teachers then modified those rhythmic activities to use in later language, math, and science lessons. Hear their reflection on how music integration has affected their teaching practice.   How do you integrate music into your classroom?       Please follow and like...

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...
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