What Happens When a Group of Artists Get Into One Room?

What happens when a group of artists get into one room?  MAGIC. Music in Schools Today hosted their annual Teaching Artist Professional Development in preparation for the work these amazing people will be doing.  This year, we have over 45 teaching artist teaching students music, visual arts, and dance in over 65 sites/ classrooms. Stay tuned to our social media accounts to learn about their “magic” they are bringing to students throughout the Bay Area. Our programs are growing and if you’d like to join this amazing group of artists, please email us at: info@mustcreate.com         Please follow and like...

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...

Thank you Green Apple for a Great Partnership

  MUST is committed to buying local and Green Apple Bookstore is helping us to bring literacy and music to over 800 Bay Area students age 3-5. We have been working with our Music First! early education program (preK-2nd) for almost five years now.  What makes our music program unique is that we are offering our program as a music and literacy program.  Involving pre-literacy skill connections between music and literacy is a perfect fit for early learners.  Here are the three things I find make our program unique: Each music lesson, is taught by a professional musician also known as a teaching artist who is able to highlight their instrument and profession as an individual professional artist as well as educator.  We feel it’s important to show young learners that more than just music appreciation, there are wonderful talented and professional musicians making their living as an artist in our rich and culturally diverse home of the Bay Area.   Each lesson in music is paired with a book or story. Music is a language and most studies and experiences prove that students learn to read and learn language faster with the help of music.   We bring the instruments and books into the classroom and give the teachers and the students recordings of the music and the instruments to use, bang on or use for extension activities throughout our residency.  We also align our curriculum with California state standards in Visual and Performing Arts for as young as the preschool level. What I am thrilled about is that this year we reached out to our local bookstore,...

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...

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...

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...
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