STEM to STEAM: How the Arts Impact Education and the Economy

Our friends at Kent State have shared with us this infographic highlighting the importance of STEAM education. Check it out and let us know what you think! Over the years, a lot of relevance and emphasis has been put on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) over art related studies. This is because STEM is considered the future of innovation and has been at the epicenter of all technological and science advancements to date. However, proponents of Arts studies have fought to incorporate the A in STEM. The proponents of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) aim to transform research policy by incorporating Art and design into STEM. Furthermore, the STEAM movement is pushing for the integration of art in K-20 education and is influencing employers to hire designers and artists to drive innovation. Clearly, the arts will play a critical role not only in the education system in the U.S. but also in the country’s economy. To learn more, checkout the infographic below created by Kent State University’s Online Masters in Music Education program.     Please follow and like...

How to Raise Money for Bay Area Music Programs through Facebook

MUST is having a 30 day campaign to raise $50,000 to save music and art programs throughout the Bay Area. We’re calling it: 30 Days to 50k! $50,000 will help schools continue their music programming that has been completely cut for the 2017 and 2018 school year. It will also allow us to grow our Adopt an Instrument program to get musical instruments into the hands of students that do not have one. There are many ways you can help! One way is to create a Facebook Fundraiser and ask your friends to donate. It’s very easy to set up! Set a goal as to how much you want to raise. $2,000 is a great amount! Open your home page on Facebook and find the fundraiser button on the left sidebar.  Click “Fundraisers” and click “Raise Money”. You will then be prompted with a series of questions. Here’s the info you’ll need: We are a nonprofit with 501(c)3 status Our name is: Music In Schools Today Title:  Save music in our schools!   Description: Help MUST raise $50,000 by June 1, to provide 28,000 students with music in the fall.  $25 dollars will help one student have music and arts programming for a whole year. $800 will any entire class music/art for one year! I am raising money for three classes, please help me raise $2,400! Thank you for helping raise money for Music in Schools Today!  If you have any questions, send us an email at: info@mustcreate.org We are all in this together.  Let’s make the world a better place through music! Please follow and like...

5 Ways To Save The Arts at Your Local School

From the start of this year, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of arts programs who are losing their funding. Since 1983, Music in Schools Today has provided a safety net to schools who have had their music programs cut and our mission is now more important than ever. Here in the Bay Area we know that the art, music, theater, and dance are core curriculum and we have always fought to keep the arts in schools. We need your help in order to keep our programs funded for the next school year. On May 3rd, MUST will kick-off a 30 day campaign to raise $50,000 to save music and art programs throughout the Bay Area. We’re calling it: 30 Days to 50k! $50,000 will help schools continue their music programming that has been completely cut for the 2017 and 2018 school year. It will also allow us to grow our Adopt an Instrument program to get musical instruments into the hands of students that do not have one. Ways to Help: Make a donation online Start your own Facebook fundraiser for MUST Add MUST to your Amazon Smile account so a portion of the sales come to us Ask your employer if they will match a donation Donate a gently used instrument   We are all in this together.  Let’s make the world a better place through music!           Please follow and like...

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...
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