Change lives: become a MUST Teaching Artist!

Change lives: become a MUST Teaching Artist!

MUST is looking for enthusiastic artists to teach students in the East Bay! Could you be who we’re looking for? Read on to find out more! We are looking for Teaching Artists to teach singing, dance, comic book making, and fashion design. MUST hires Teaching Artists to teach dozens of art forms in an after-school setting for the San Lorenzo Unified School District’s elementary and middle schools. Teaching Artists use their own curriculum and bring their expertise in their art form to their teaching. Teaching Artists are part of a team of 26 teaching artists providing all schools in San Lorenzo with access to the arts. RESIDENCY DETAILS: Dates: October 16, 2018, to mid-Jan 2019Days: Tuesdays & ThursdaysTime: 2:40 – 3:40 (Elementary); 3:05 – 4:05 (Middle)Location: San LorenzoPay is: $75 per hr for 16 sessions over an eight-week period 1) One or more years experience teaching children either as a volunteer or paid position.2) Expertise in their art form.3) Kind, enthusiastic and encouraging attitude toward students. 4) All new hires must clear a background check (for this school district) and must have a clear TB test within the last 4 years. Are you interested? Know someone who might be? Email info@mustcreate.org to apply by October 11th 2018.  Interested in learning more about what it’s like to be a teaching artist? Here’s what last year’s MUST TAs had to say: “I really enjoyed showing and teaching these students about the different uses of all the mediums were utilized this semester. Having answers to their infinite questions about what everything is used for or how to create or draw something new is...
28 Ways to “Keep Kids Creative” this week!

28 Ways to “Keep Kids Creative” this week!

In honor of National Keep Kids Creative Week (September 24-28), we’ve come up with 28 ways to keep kids creative! Keep Kids Creative Week was founded in 2003 by Bruce Van Patter with the goal of encouraging children to not lose their creative spark as they grow older. According to the founder, the week is “time set aside to encourage kids to grab hold of their innate creativity and never let go!” He offers even more ways to celebrate the holiday on his website. From conducting a science experiment to composing a song, you won’t run out of ideas for exercising your creativity this week. Which one will be your favorite? 1. Designate a space for creating. 2. Remember that mistakes are good! 3. Allow for “free time” to create in your schedule. 4. Embrace a good mess–the next time your child asks to paint or wants to get everything out of a supply bin, make room for it!   5. Discuss art, music, drama, theatre, movies, and creativity as a family. 6. Build a fort! 7. Conduct a science experiment. 8. Make something out of a mundane object, like a tissue box or a soup can. 9. Visit a museum! 10. Give children the opportunity to express “divergent thought.” Create safe spaces for experimentation and asking questions. 11. Plant a garden (look for tips on how to incorporate music in the garden here). 12. Go to the library and collect books on crafts, music, and science! 13. Cultivate creative critical thinking through mind-mapping, puzzles, and creative problem-solving. 14. Draw something new! 15. Learn a new song, or make one...
4 Easy Ways Parents Can Support Music Education

4 Easy Ways Parents Can Support Music Education

This week’s blog post is by guest blogger Scott Jenkins. Scott is Editor at architypes.net and a writer. You can see more from him on Twitter at @scottjenkins. Thanks, Scott!  With more and more school districts cutting funding to art classes, the music classes that your child needs and loves could be at risk. And even if your child’s music classes aren’t at risk, do you know how to encourage your child to nurture their musical education? Fortunately, there are some easy ways to do just that. Here’s how parents can support their children’s music education at home and at school. Show up One of the most important things a parent can do for their child’s musical education is to show up to the concerts, recitals, and musical events. Show your support for your child and the music classes that are inspiring them by attending these events and even encouraging the school to host more of them. Performing in front of an audience builds confidence, encourages dedication to their instrument, and helps your child learn about self-control and hard work. Reward their efforts by being there and showing that you care about their musical education. Encourage practice, don’t force it Well-meaning parents can destroy a child’s love of music by punishing them for not practicing often enough. Instead of punishing your child for not practicing, work on encouraging them to want to improve. Support their practice times by offering the space and an ear, if needed, so they can get feedback. Even if you don’t know the first thing about music, you can still lend moral support and become your child’s...
What did ancient music sound like?

What did ancient music sound like?

It’s normal to be nostalgic for the music of bygone eras; “back when music was music” people often say. “I remember when music used to be good!” However, it’s hard to be nostalgic for the music of ancient times, because we rarely have an idea of what it sounds like–until now! A couple weeks ago on the MUST blog, we explored the history of instruments in antiquity. But how were these instruments played, and what kinds of music was played? What did it sound like? Recent projects by musicologists have reconstructed what Ancient Greek music may have sounded like. By analyzing ancient instruments, rhythms, rhymes, and meter from Ancient Greek poetry, some researchers think they have an estimation of how this music sounded. So what does a 3000-year-old song sound like? Researchers in the above video used fragments of an ancient text carved into stone as the basis for their reconstruction of a piece of Ancient Greek music. The fragments contain 80-90 bars of music. Using reconstructions and replicas of instruments from the time this music was written, scholars and musicians were able to create an approximation of what this music sounded like.  A reproduction of a double pipe in the Louvre exhibit (seen in our previous post) was used to make the tone and timbre as close to the original instrument’s as possible. The lyre replicas were created from depictions of the instruments found on recovered vases and pottery. Musicians inferred the mode of playing these instruments from their own experiences with modern-day instruments. Due to the simplistic designs of these ancient instruments, musicians are able to closely replicate...
3 ways to celebrate National Classical Music Month

3 ways to celebrate National Classical Music Month

Since 1994, when President Bill Clinton signed Proclamation 6716, September has been National Classical Music Month. In the proclamation, President Clinton outlined the ways in which classical music reflects the American consciousness: Classical music is a celebration of artistic excellence. Great art endures through the ages, and in the United States we have embraced that great music and incorporated it into the American experience. Our best art reflects our Nation’s spirit—that mixture of discipline and improvisation, the combination of strong individual voices working together at the same time, the bravado, the inventiveness, the dynamism of the American character. Classical music plays in harmony with that energy and spirit to become reinvigorated and reinvented with each new orchestra or chamber group, with every performance that rings out new and fresh. Many supporters of classical music have noted the ways in which composers and performers create work which evokes intense emotion and deeply move the listener. Classical music has the capacity to compel the human spirit even more than popular music and has the depth and breadth to evoke ideas as broad as elation, heroism, anger, and anguish. Proclamation 6716 contends that classical music has “continuity and tradition”, and can be a “unifying force” worldwide. How can you incorporate more classical music into your daily life during the month of September? Here are three ideas to get you started: 1. Segment your symphonies Classical pieces are longer than popular music, exponentially so if you are looking entire works like cycles or operas. This can sometimes be intimidating or off-putting to people trying to get into classical music. Instead of setting aside a whole day...