Spring cleaning means donating instruments!

The weather is getting warmer and the sun is out! You know what that means: it’s time for Spring cleaning. What better time to take stock of your closet, spare room, or garage and donate old and unused instruments! One of the biggest obstacles students face in their music education is obtaining the actual instruments to play. Many students simply do not have the resources to purchase or rent instruments, and many schools don’t have the funding to supply them. This is where YOU come in! Simply fill out a donation form on our website and drop off any instruments you no longer use at one of our three drop-off sites in the Bay Area. Your instrument donation will directly impact a child in need! So start cleaning that garage, and donate your instruments today! 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 and we will contact you. At this time we are unable to accept donations of pianos and drum kits. Learn more about our Adopt an Instrument program here. *At this time, we are unable to accept piano donations and drum kits. For piano donations, please contact Piano Finders at 925-202-2229. Thank you! Please follow and like...

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...

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...

Instruments Change Lives

Music in Schools Today is excited to announce the dates and locations of our annual KDFC Instrument Drive!  Last year we collected 315 instruments valued at over $50,000!  Help us collect even more this year by donating your your gently used instrument to the following locations from November 8 – 19th.   Bring the love of music to children throughout the Bay Area! If you have any questions, please contact us at:  (415) 392-9010 Locations:   Allegro Music (Fremont) Walnut Plaza, 3115 Walnut Ave. Fremont, CA 94538 Phone: (510) 793-3500 Drop off hours: Mon – Thurs 10am – 9pm, Fri 10am – 8pm, Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 12pm – 5pm   Marin Symphony Association (San Rafael) 4340 Redwood Highway Suite 409c San Rafael, California 94903 Phone: (415) 479 – 8100 Drop off hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm   Music at Kohl Mansion (Burlingame) 2750 Adeline Drive Burlingame, CA 94010 Phone: (650) 762-1130 Drop Off Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 10:00am – 4:00pm, or by appointment   Music in Schools Today (San Francisco) 582 Market Street, Suite 213 San Francisco, CA 94104 Phone: (415) 392-9010 Drop off hours: Monday – Friday   School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza (San Jose) 1700 Alum Rock Avenue (Alum Rock exit off HWY 101) San Jose, CA 95116 Phone: (408)794-6250 Drop off hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 4:30 pm   West Valley Music (Mountain View) 262 Castro St. Mountain View, CA 94041 Phone: (650) 961-1566   East Bay Center for Performing Arts (Richmond) 339 11th Street Richmond, CA 94801 Phone: 510-221-6355 Drop-off Hours: Monday – Friday, 4:00pm –...

Stories From the Instrument Fairy

Have you ever wondered what happens to the instruments that are donated to MUST? Every week we receive gently used instruments at one of our three drop-off locations in the Bay Area. This includes our offices in downtown San Francisco, Music at Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, and the East Bay Center for Performing Arts in Richmond. These instruments are then given to schools who have 65% or more of their students receiving free or reduced lunch. For some schools this means a few more students can take music lessons, for other schools it means they can start a new or lapsed music program. When it comes time to make a delivery, we send out our Instrument Fairy (AKA our Associate Director, Barie)!  “Delivering instruments to schools is the best part of my job! To see the excitement on the children’s faces makes it all worth it.” This fall we will continue our partnership with KDFC to expand our drop-off sites for a two week instrument drive. In 2016 we had 12 locations and received 315 instruments valued at over $50,000. Stay tuned for dates! If you’d like to hear the story of a flute that went from donor to student, you can listen here. And check out what our donors and receipent schools are saying about our Adopt an Instrument program: “You have made our day! Thank you for sharing with us the positive impact of ours and the many other donations. I think this is such a valuable service KDFC is providing to Silicon Valley’s underserved youth.” – Kirk Everett, donor and KDFC listener “I am really grateful for this...