Five Notable Women in Music History

Above, left to right: Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, Clara Schumann, Carrie Jacobs-Bond, Dorothy Fields, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe 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 later half of the 19th century and well into the 20th century.” 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 1800’s 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...

March is Music in Our Schools Month

It’s almost March. Spring is almost here–flowers are peeking their heads out of their winter beds and birds are beginning to make music for all to hear. What better way to ring in the new season than to celebrate the earth’s newfound melodies and energy with Music in Our Schools Month! 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. In honor of Music in Our Schools Month and California Arts Education Month, we will be offering up ways to celebrate on our blog every week in March. Join us in celebrating and advocating for music in schools!   Ways you can participate in Music in Our Schools Month: Make a “Music Month” calendar, and suggest that students dress for different musical eras. Play appropriate music as students arrive in the morning and at lunchtime. Add a musical touch to the morning announcements. Try having a “mystery tune” each day, or a music trivia question, with prizes for the winner. Collaborate with the art teacher and have students design posters, banners, and buttons featuring the theme of ‘Music Connects Us.’ Ask students to draw their favorite musical instrument, have them design an instrument of the future, or bring in homemade instruments for “show and tell.” Share how your organization is participating this month by tweeting using the #miosm hashtag and tagging @mustcreate. What is your favorite way to celebrate music? Tell us in the comments below!   #MIOSM Please follow and like...

We #LoveTeaching Artists!

February 14-21 is #LoveTeaching Week, and we love our teaching artists! Teachers are where the pedal of arts education meets the metal of the classroom. Thank you to everyone who inspires, motivates, and cares for kids in the classroom. Author John Steinbeck wrote: “I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. It might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.” Teaching is not an easy job, whether it’s eight hours in a classroom, or 60 minutes after school. But it’s because of the dedication and love that our teaching artists put into their work that kids in the Bay Area have the opportunity to learn Piano, World Percussion, Modern Salsa Dance, and many more invaluable and fun skills. So here’s to our teachers! Thank you for all your hard work!   Please follow and like...

Join us for Kids Discovery Day!

Make some noise at the Tech! We are partnering with KDFC for Kids Discovery Day at the Tech Museum of innovation in San Jose. Join us for a day of instrument making and exploring music at our instrument petting zoo. We will be making instruments such as maracas, water drums, swishy-swashy ribbon wands, drum mallets, pellet drums, and more from recycled materials. Kids will also get to explore many instruments at our instrument petting zoo: xylophones, washboards, guitars, keyboards, drums, and more! Mark your calendars! KDFC Kids Discovery Day at the Tech 10 AM to 3 PM on Sunday February 25, 2018 The Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113   Please follow and like...

Celebrate Black History Month with Music and Dance!

This month we observe Black History Month and celebrate the rich history of African and diasporic music and dance. Later this month, as our Spring music enrichment classes start, students in the Bay Area will have the opportunity to learn African Dance, Diasporic Dance, Haitian Dancing and Drumming, World Percussion, Hip Hop Dance, and many more subjects that exemplify the diversity of dance and music in the Bay Area and beyond. If you would like to experience African-American culture in the Bay Area this February, there are many events all month in San Francisco and the East Bay. There are countless ways to observe Black History Month through music and dance! What are your favorite ways to celebrate Black History Month? Tell us in the comments!       Please follow and like...