2017 SF MusicTech Summit

    On October 17th, dozens of amazing organizations from around the Bay Area and beyond showcased the work they are doing in music and technology. It was incredible to converse with so many people who were passionate about music education like we are, and several of them even proposed future collaborations (so stay tuned!). There were many speakers/panel members throughout the day, but there were a few that really caught our attention. One company that stuck out was WEAV Music, a startup that is developing an app that when you listen during a run, changes the pace of the music based on your heartbeat; but here’s the kick… the pitch stays the same (so basically it always sounds good)! There were also interesting talks on the future of streaming music, and what that means for copyrights, licensing, and artist revenue. The SF MusicTech Summit is just another example of how MUST is adapting and growing to the ever-changing music world. We hope to strengthen the connections we made as the year progresses, and hopefully we’ll see you next year at the 2018 SF Music and Tech Summit!       Please follow and like...

Making Instruments Using Recycled Material Teaches Science Skills

Making Instruments Using Recycled Material Teaches Important Science Skills in Preschool Teaching music in preschool, isn’t just about music appreciation.  Music taught at an early age increase students academic and social /emotional learning in years to come.  That is why we are so passionate about our Music First!program. Music First! is a 12-16 week residency where our teaching artists work alongside classroom teachers fostering student’s school readiness skills.  These skills include literacy, math, and science through music. As part of this curriculum, students explore the importance of recycling by making instruments out of plastic bowls, aluminum foil, paper towel rolls and much more!  In future lessons, students play  rhythmic pattern using their recycled instrument to illustrate characters from a book they are reading. You can learn more about our MUSIC FIRST! program, here.       Please follow and like...

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...
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