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...

Stories From the Instrument Fairy

Have you ever wondered what happens to the instruments that are donated to MUST? Every week we receive gently used instruments at one of our three drop-off locations in the Bay Area. This includes our offices in downtown San Francisco, Music at Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, and the East Bay Center for Performing Arts in Richmond. These instruments are then given to schools who have 65% or more of their students receiving free or reduced lunch. For some schools this means a few more students can take music lessons, for other schools it means they can start a new or lapsed music program. When it comes time to make a delivery, we send out our Instrument Fairy (AKA our Associate Director, Barie)!  “Delivering instruments to schools is the best part of my job! To see the excitement on the children’s faces makes it all worth it.” This fall we will continue our partnership with KDFC to expand our drop-off sites for a two week instrument drive. In 2016 we had 12 locations and received 315 instruments valued at over $50,000. Stay tuned for dates! If you’d like to hear the story of a flute that went from donor to student, you can listen here. And check out what our donors and receipent schools are saying about our Adopt an Instrument program: “You have made our day! Thank you for sharing with us the positive impact of ours and the many other donations. I think this is such a valuable service KDFC is providing to Silicon Valley’s underserved youth.” – Kirk Everett, donor and KDFC listener “I am really grateful for this...
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