Summer Activities for Kids of All Ages

Tomorrow is the Summer Solstice and school has been out for a couple weeks here in the Bay Area. Are you starting to run out of activities to do with your kids already? Well we have you covered! Get out there and enjoy the fresh air, or stay in and play some music. Either way, enjoy your time off because Fall is just around the corner and school will start before you know it! Sunday Streets SF Where to Take Kids in the Bay Area 27 Things to do With Kids in San Francisco 50 Things to Do Now, Bay Area Summer Programs, Bay Area 101 Fun Things to Do With Kids this Summer     Please follow and like...

Alphabet Rockers: A Fun Musical Experience For You and Your Child This Summer!

Meet Tommy Shepard Jr.!  This wonderful musician has partners with Music In Schools Today bringing residencies to Bay Area youth. Tommy is also the Musical Director for Alphabet Rockers. Alphabet Rockers spark an intergenerational conversation about the world through music and dance for all ages. Partnering with thought leaders on anti-bias and child development, they create empowering, engaging concerts and activities for young children, families, and educators. Each performance  is an energetic, authentic hip hop experience that delivers messages of empathy and acceptance to the area’s youngest concert goers. Want to get moving to music that moves you and your child? You are in for a treat this summer because they are touring all over the Bay Area. Check out their next show this summer.  Many of their concerts are free!   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...

5 Family Friendly Musical Events You don’t Want To Miss This February 2017

Share your love of music by taking your kids to an affordable (even FREE) music event in the month of February.. Check out our list below: February 4: The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra will be in San Mateo offering a free concert designed with toddlers in mind.  This 20 minute presentation teaches musical concepts, offers hands-on activities, and encourages lots of music, movement, and dance. February 9: Albany Community Center is hosting a free Chinese New Year Celebration. Your family will be  introduced to Chinese song and dance as well as  the 12 Zodiac Story. There are also arts and craft stations. February 11: The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra will be in Oakland offering a free concert designed with toddlers in mind.  This 20 minute presentation teaches musical concepts, offers hands-on activities, and encourages lots of music, movement, and dance. February 12: Visit the Oakland Museum of California to see performances by the Dharma Realm Chinese Orchestra, Taiko Drummers, folk dance and martial arts demonstrations.  All activities are included with museum admission. February 25: Join SFJAZZ Family Matinee for an afternoon with Marcus Shelby Orchestra. This family friendly concert is  a great way to pass the love of jazz onto the next generation. Let us know of other family musical events, we’d love to add them to our list! Please follow and like...
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