Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7-11 Today is Teacher Appreciation Day! We’d like to take a moment and thank all the teachers reading for everything they do. We’d especially like to thank our Teaching Artists! Without them, MUST’s achievements in music education would not be possible. To recognize our Teaching Artists, here are some of their thoughts on teaching, in their own words:   “Students use the skills they learned outside the classroom. I can hear them singing together outside. I also enjoy the conversations about their parents and grandparents knowing the songs they learned and singing with them.” “I gave them opportunities where I asked them to teach something new to their peers. We often worked in pairs with time for exploring and problem-solving on their own.” “Students learned how to effectively work together in a group as a band. This provided a point of cohesion within the group and eventually led to comradery and respect between students in the class.” “The class gave the students the opportunity to develop confidence, musical skills not only singing but learning to recognize musical notations, and understanding different cultures.”   “I really enjoyed showing and teaching these students about the different uses of all the mediums were utilized this semester. Having answers to their infinite questions about what everything is used for or how to create or draw something new is always a great feeling.” What did you enjoy most about your teaching? “As always, the students!!!” Don’t forget to thank a teacher this week! Write a letter, give a gift, or celebrate using one of these seven meaningful ways to thank...

Making Instruments Using Recycled Material Teaches Science Skills

Making Instruments Using Recycled Material Teaches Important Science Skills in Preschool Teaching music in preschool, isn’t just about music appreciation.  Music taught at an early age increase students academic and social /emotional learning in years to come.  That is why we are so passionate about our Music First!program. Music First! is a 12-16 week residency where our teaching artists work alongside classroom teachers fostering student’s school readiness skills.  These skills include literacy, math, and science through music. As part of this curriculum, students explore the importance of recycling by making instruments out of plastic bowls, aluminum foil, paper towel rolls and much more!  In future lessons, students play  rhythmic pattern using their recycled instrument to illustrate characters from a book they are reading. You can learn more about our MUSIC FIRST! program, here.       Please follow and like...

Should I have Art Residencies At My School?

Wondering if you should bring an arts residency to your school?  Here are six reasons why we think you should! Art Residencies enhance students’ powers of perception, appreciation of the arts, and abilities to express themselves creatively. Art Residencies help teachers develop strategies to integrate the arts into their daily classroom instruction. Art Residencies provide opportunities for artists to develop professionally. Art Residencies bring new perspectives to arts curriculum in the schools. Art Residencies provide opportunities for artists to communicate with a wider audience. Art Residencies provide experiences through programs that explore the various cultures of the world! Looking for an arts residency?  Check out what Music In Schools Today has to offer.         Please follow and like...

The Value of Music Integration: A Classroom Teacher’s Perspective

  Music Integration looks different in every classroom depending on the comfort levels of the collaborating teachers. These four wonderful classroom teachers from Oakland learned alongside their students as the music teacher taught rhythmic activities using steady beat and simple musical notation. The classroom teachers then modified those rhythmic activities to use in later language, math, and science lessons. Hear their reflection on how music integration has affected their teaching practice.   How do you integrate music into your classroom?       Please follow and like...

Musical Back to School Ice Breakers: Musical Masterpieces

Musical Masterpieces is not just about creating visual art through listening to music.  It is also a great way to get students listening, following directions, and to reinforce how to move about the classroom. Download the instructions here. You can use any music for this activity. Have fun and enjoy!     Please follow and like...

Musical Back to School Ice Breakers: Scavenger Hunt

  Here is a great way for Teachers and Teaching Artists to get to know their students, and for the students to get to know each other through a scavenger hunt.  Just like the game, “Find A Classmate who…”  students interview each other about their musical knowledge.  This game however doesn’t require musical knowledge.  Download the PDF here.  It’s a great activity for both music and non music classroom!       Please follow and like...