The Importance of Culminating Events in Art Programs

San Lorenzo Unified School District celebrated the importance of arts in schools this past April 6th. Across all elementary schools, students who participated in a district wide arts enrichment program, provided by Music in Schools Today, demonstrated their learning of the arts to their peers, teachers and parents. Students performed dances, yoga, guitar, body empowerment, puppetry, and musical composition while others shared their arts portfolio’s, ceramics, and paintings. Culminating Events as opposed to performances or recitals are a way for students to share their learning in a way that they choose: either a presentation, demonstration, or discussion. By being actively involved in how they will present information, students have a deeper knowledge of the subject, learn collaboration and team building skills, and gain real world experience in articulating their ideas to others.  Above you can see the various art and music projects student investigated. Interested in bring Arts Enrichment to your school? Contact info@mustcreate.org         Please follow and like...

Classroom Management 101: 3 Ways to Promote Positive Behavior in your Music Classroom

There are many ways to promote positive behavior in your classroom.  Here are three of our tops techniques:   Greet them at the door:  It’s a great way to get to know names of students. (Link to Blog Post) Change your Routine:  Get them moving! If you are talking for more that 10 minutes, they are going to need to get up and move! Incentives:  There are many age appropriate incentives you can use including classroom points and prize boxes.   Make sure you check in with your non profit supervisor and/or the school staff for support with any of these!   We would love to hear from you! How do you promote positive behavior in your music classroom? Please follow and like...

Donated Instrument Inspires Learning

  Since 1989, Music In Schools Today has placed over $1 million dollars worth of gently used instruments into schools throughout the Bay Area.  Recently, Montera Middle received a donated tuba.     Dear Music In Schools Today, I just wanted to tell you what a HUGE impact your donation has had on the Montera Music Program!  Since I started teaching at Montera 4 years ago, no one wanted to play tuba, because all the school had was an old, dented tuba that had a stuffy tone and couldn’t play in tune. I wanted to purchase a new tuba, but with a price tag of $2,000-3,000 and no school budget for the music program, purchasing such an instrument was an impossibility for me. But that all changed several weeks ago, when I received an instrument donation from you—a shiny new tuba!  Immediately upon showing the instrument to my band, I had 3 students interested in playing it!  So, I have instantly gone from no one wanting to play tuba in the school band, to THREE students wanting to play it. I can’t thank you enough for your support!!!  On behalf of my students and our entire school community, THANK YOU!!! Sincerely, Eric Swihart, Music Program Director Montera Middle School   Contact us if you have an instrument to donate and are looking for instruments for your music program. Please follow and like...

Using Music as an Emotional Tool

Music is often considered a great educational learning tool, but many forget that music can also be used to teach individuals skills involving emotional development. For example, a recent study found significant proof for music priming, meaning that listening to happy or sad music enhanced the perceived happiness or sadness of a face irrespective of facial emotion. For more interesting facts about how music can be used as an emotional tool, feel free to check out the full visual resource below!   Please follow and like...
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