After School Enrichment Programs in the Bay Area

After School Enrichment Programs are a great way for students to learn new skills that aren’t usually taught during the school day.  Music in Schools Today has being working with the San Lorenzo School District over the past 4 years bringing after school classes programming including at 9 sites: drumming, visual art, piano, hip-hop dance, chorus. After School Programs are not only important because student learn new skills, but they foster positive social Emotional Learning.  Our after school programming gives students a chance to explore subject matter is a structured free formed class allowing students to create, and implement ideas, and perform for others.  This ultimately promotes a better relationship with peers and teachers, increases self-confidence, and improves feelings and attitudes toward self and school. If you are interested in bring an after school Enrichment program to your school, please contact us at: info@mustcreate.org “I would like to highlight that we have a strong partnership with Music In Schools Today and an appreciation for the importance of the arts in education.  This after school programming was a particular area of interest from parents in the school district.” – Pam VandeKamp, Coordinator of State and Federal Programs San Lorenzo USD Please follow and like...

Meet Ami Molinelli: Music in Schools Today Integration Specialist

Ami Molinelli, has been with Music In Schools Today since 2012.  She is the Director of our Music First! Program and our Integration Specialist. Music First! teaches preschool students school readiness, literacy, math and science through a sequential music curriculum. Ami Molinelli also hosts and provides professional development to classroom teachers and teaching artists.  She has worked with San Francisco Unified, Oakland Unified, San Bruno Unified, and Jefferson Elementary School District while working with Music In Schools Today. Ami is a professional percussionist and educator specializing in Brazilian and Latin percussion. She co-leads the Brazilian and Jazz ensemble, Grupo Falso Baiano with two albums to their credit: “Simplicidade – Live at Yoshi’s” and “Viajando em Choro e Jazz.” Grupo Falso Baiano have been featured on NPR’s the California Report, Radio Latina and Pandora LIVE! Find out more about her here:  http://www.amimo.com/bio/ Please follow and like...

Promoting Peace in the Classroom and Home: Fighting Is Not The Solution

As a classroom teacher, I am always looking for new and exciting ways to bring music into my classroom.  Recently, I stumbled on the Mosaic Project, an Oakland non profit. This organization’s mission is to: We work toward a peace­ful future by uniting children of diverse backgrounds, providing them with essential community building skills, and empowering them to become peacemakers. A coworker introduced me to and amazing CD and Song Book they created.  The Song, Fighting Is Not The Solution became a daily song in our classroom.  The songs reinforces I-statements and the importance of talking about your feelings.  Seeing the success of the song (you know it’s successful when students start singing the chorus when a conflict starts in your classroom), I went to their website to learn more. Not only do they provide a CD and Songbook, but they have camps for youth and families.  This is a great resource for teachers, artists, and parents that you can’t pass up!  Go check them out! Please follow and like...

Classroom Management 101: Get Colleague Support

Don’t be afraid to ask for help when managing your classroom.  If the classroom teacher is in the room, ask them to help energetic students.  If a teacher is not in the classroom, know who to call at the site for help.  Don’t forget to ALWAYS inform your Music In Schools Today supervisor of any concerns you have!  We are here to support you! Please follow and like...
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