June 21st is Make Music Day!

Celebrate summer by making music! Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, Make Music Day is now held on the same day in more than 120 countries. Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. Make Music Day is performed by anyone and enjoyed by everyone. Whether you are a professional musician or just musically curious there are multiple ways to participate. Locally, Make Music Day is celebrated in Davis and in San Jose. Venues all over participating cities will have performances and hands-on musical activities for you to attend. There are Play-Along events all over San Jose: harmonica lessons, an“orchestral adventure”, and kids events. In Davis, you can try your hand at bucket-drumming, attend a musician meet-up, or try your hand at music trivia! Even if you can’t attend an official event, you can participate at home: Call up your friends for a jam session. Take a break from work for a harmonica lesson. Have a kazoo parade around your neighborhood park. Get your choir group to create a new San Jose theme song. Get creative. Venues can be anywhere. Performers can be anyone. Most importantly, get out there and make music!      Please follow and like...

We got the grant!

It’s a BIG day in the MUST office, because we got the grant! Grants totaling $16,376,475 have been awarded to nonprofit organizations and units of government across California this week by the California Arts Council, and Music in Schools Today is one of the organizations receiving support for programs. “To show support for these organizations-the ones who inspire and make those crucial connections to creativity and culture within our communities-it’s a confirmation of our faith in and gratitude for that vision. This is without a doubt the most fulfilling aspect of our work as Council Members each year, to recognize those doing real, organic work to make a difference for the people of California.” Music in Schools Today has received TWO grants for the 2018-2019 year: Organizational Development: The Organizational Development program (formerly the Consulting strand of the Professional Development and Consulting program) builds nonprofit arts organizations’ capacity for success through small grants to support consulting services, and Artists in Schools: The Arts Education: Artists in Schools program supports projects that integrate community arts resources-local artists and nonprofit arts organizations-into comprehensive, standards-based arts-learning for PreK-12 students during the school day. Applicants’ projects must take place during regular school hours at the school site, and should address the unique circumstances of the school environment. Thanks to these grants, MUST is able to continue providing exceptional music education in the Bay Area, especially with regard to our Music First! music and literacy program! “Our state is the most creative state in the country, by far. There’s no shortage to the hunger for arts and culture experiences. Governor Brown and our legislators have...

Making Music in the Garden: A Summertime Lesson in Music Integration

How do you think nature and music are connected?   Peas don’t just come from the frozen section in the groceries store, and music isn’t just for professionals on the radio. In the hustle and bustle of modern life, it is easy to forget where the things we enjoy come from, and how we can take part in bringing these things to life. Do you, or I, or anyone know how oats, peas, beans, and melodies grow? We’re big into music integration at Music in Schools Today. Even though school is out and music programs are on a brief hiatus, it’s still important to integrate music into children’s everyday lives. Here is a taste of one of our programs, Nature of Music. This lesson integrates music into learning about nature in the garden, by planting seeds that will grow into delicious snacks in just a few weeks time. It’s a good way to get kids outside learning about the world around them, and about science and music. Try it this summer! Get outside, make some music, and learn something! You will need: Six pea seeds per child Quart yogurt containers with a hole in the bottom to allow for drainage Potting soil Popsicle sticks Permanent markers Journals Pens or pencils Activity: Hand out pens or pencils and introduce journals. Have children write their names on their journals. Ask the children to write in their journals (or help them write their answers): “How do you think nature and music are connected?” Name 3 steps you need to take to grow a plant from seed? Draw what a pea looks like as...

School’s out, but don’t stop the music!

Who isn’t looking for a little summer fun this June? It can be difficult to find things to do to beat the heat that are cheap and kid-friendly in the Bay Area. With schools coming to a close for the summer, music programs are often on hold as well. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities to enjoy and learn more about music! To help your kids get their dose of music after school lets out, we’ve compiled this handy list of free, kid-friendly music events in the Bay Area. Get out your calendars! “Sing a Summer Song” Concert Series A 9-week concert series for babies and up. Bring a blanket to sit on the grass. 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays June 5-July 31 Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. “Kidchella” Kid’s Rock Series A fun and safe environment for kids to dance and enjoy live music along with an inflatable playland. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 24, July 22, Aug. 19 and Sept. 9 Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. Omino Day Music Festival A day-long outdoor music festival which provides a social, musical, artistic, and cultural celebration for the families and youth of San Francisco. Saturday, June 2, 2018, 11 am to 5 pm Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, McLaren Park, San Francisco Dancing Under the Stars Every Friday night beginning at 7:30 p.m. throughout the summer months, Jack London Square will host a 30-minute dance lesson, followed by a mixed music dance party ending at 10 p.m. Every Friday Night, beginning June 1st Jack London Square Ferry Lawn, Oakland. Berkeley World Music Festival Kick-off Party Live music, food, and culture!...

May 22 is National Buy a Musical Instrument Day!

Today is National Buy a Musical Instrument Day! National Buy a Musical Instrument Day was originally May 18, in honor of Meredith Willson, the writer and composer of The Music Man. It has since been moved to May 22 and is a day to learn a new instrument, buy a new instrument, or simply encourage musical activity in friends and family. Worldwide, the most played instrument is the piano, followed by the guitar and the drums. 21 million Americans play the piano. That’s more than all other instruments combined! Perhaps you find yourself in this group—today is a great day to branch out! Ukulele is a fun, easy-to-learn instrument. The video below teaches you to play just in 10 minutes! You can even take a quiz to find out what instrument you should play here. You can also celebrate this day by buying an instrument for someone else—a child or grandchild, a spouse, or a child in need. Music in Schools Today’s Adopt an Instrument program is a great way to introduce a child to music on National Buy a Musical Instrument Day! MUST has placed gently used instruments valued at $1 million into the hands of student musicians at over 100 schools. We have drop-off points all around the Bay Area, in San Francisco, Burlingame, and Richmond. It’s never been easier to share an instrument with a child in need. If you have an instrument that you would like to donate, it’s easy! Just call us at (415) 392-9010 or fill out the online form here and we will contact you. Or if you’d like to donate to...