Get a head start on your Spring cleaning–donate an instrument today!

Get a head start on your Spring cleaning–donate an instrument today!

Does the rain have you stuck inside this month looking for something to do? What better time to take stock of your closet, shed, 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, closet, or under your bed 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...

Welcome our new MUST Staff!

  MUST has recently had the privilege of hiring two new talented staff members! Meet Marlena and Pedro, our new General Manager and Program Manager: Marlena Cannon comes to MUST with over eight years experience working in museums and non-profits. After graduating with an MA in Art Gallery & Museum Studies from the University of Manchester, she worked in a number of museums in England and in the Bay Area. Most recently, Marlena worked as the Recruiting and Staffing Coordinator with Adventures in Writing Camp. In this role, she was responsible for recruiting and staffing dynamic teachers, musicians and camp counselors for 40 writing camp locations in Northern and Southern California. Although she has been working in the arts primarily for many years, Marlena has always had one foot in the education world.  Before embarking on her journey in museums, Marlena taught with AmeriCorps supporting the school day staff and leading an after-school art class in a small school in Oakland. Working with AmeriCorps gave her the opportunity to share her passion for reading, the arts, and music. As a native San Franciscan, Marlena can be found enjoying all the fantastic museums, food and live shows the Bay Area has to offer. She is also a novice yogi and a very enthusiastic English soccer fan!   Pedro Rivas Lopez is a passionate Artist. Pedro immigrated to the United States at the age of 5, and his family established themselves in rural Fresno County in the small town of Mendota, California. Pedro made his debut as a performer at the University of California Santa Cruz, where he served as part of the leadership...
See you at the Arts Education Resource Fair!

See you at the Arts Education Resource Fair!

Tomorrow,  January 30th, MUST will be exhibiting at the Arts Education Resource Fair from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. This event is a great resource to learn about all the organizations providing arts education in the Bay Area! This event is a perfect opportunity for parents, teachers, administrators, teaching artists, and arts education advocates to meet representatives from a wide range of arts provider organizations in the Bay Area. Visit every table at the resource fair to: * Discover arts education programs. * Plan field trips and create partnerships. * Become an arts education advocate. * Bring the rich artistic diversity of San Francisco to your classroom. To learn more about this event, and to register, visit the event page here. Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm Location: Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 We hope to see you there!     Please follow and like...

When Tech and Music Collide!

How do you play a bicycle? Does a pendulum always sound how you’d think? As music educators become more and more acquainted with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), the more creative work is made and the more we realize just how much there is to discover at the intersection of technology and art! Paul Leary with one of his instruments. In celebration of the golden anniversary of the Apollo 8 space mission, artist Paul Leary combined science and music into a composition called “Larger Than Us” at the Museum of Science and Technology in Syracuse, NY last weekend. Leary is a professor of audio design, production, and music at SUNY Oswego. He writes and performs “choral music inspired by early Renaissance polyphony and some beat-based electronic music in addition to popular electronic compositions.” During the performance, in cooperation with the Center for New Music, Leary played the composition with instruments of his own design. The instruments combine science, mechanics, and music and were accompanied by a seven-piece chamber ensemble to evoke the vastness and complexities of space. These electronic instruments, Leary explains in a WNYC interview, are in-sync with a video track and a screen which tells the conductor of the chamber ensemble the tempo and the beat of the recorded portions of the composition. The conductor, Heather Buckman, then watches the information about the track on the screen while conducting the musicians–no small feat! The biggest challenge, Leary says, of performing the piece, is staying on tempo with the recorded portion of the composition visually while conducting the ensemble in real time. Paul Leary’s aim in...
Healing the Mind and Body Through Music

Healing the Mind and Body Through Music

“Music therapy, to me, is music performance without the ego. It’s not about entertainment as much as its about empathizing. If you can use music to slip past the pain and gather insight into the workings of someone else’s mind, you can begin to fix a problem.Jodi Picoult It has been suspected for quite a while that music can strengthen and heal the body and brain, but it is only recently that science has been able to prove how. Music therapy is the clinical utilization of music to achieve individualized goals with an accredited music therapy professional. Clinical therapy is much more than just listening to and playing music—it is “a professional, research-based discipline that actively applies supportive science to the creative, emotional, and energizing experiences of music for health treatment and educational goals. One recent initiative called Sound Health combines the scientific and creative worlds in order to inspire more research into music therapy. It investigates how listening to, performing or making music can harness the brain’s ability to improve health and well-being. Sound Health is a partnership between National Institutes of Health and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. They’ve teamed up with eminent soprano Renée Fleming to “move music therapy forward as a discipline [and] to educate the public and enlighten people about the power of music to heal.” Soprano Renée Fleming Fleming has been giving talks about music’s power to heal at her performances including researchers and music therapists in the discussion. She took part in a demonstration of brain imaging focusing on expressions of creativity. She performed several...
Thank you, Reverb!

Thank you, Reverb!

This Fall, Music in Schools Today provided 55 classes and over 1,300 children in the Bay Area with quality music education. We’ve been teaching and advocating for music education for over 35 years, but everyone needs a little help from time to time. That’s why we are so grateful to Reverb.com for their generous donation of instruments for our programs! A student with a guitar donated by Reverb! Thanks to their support, we were able to provide instruments for several Music Enrichment classes, as well as musical instrument kits for our Music First! classes. These include guitars, drums, shakers, and various percussion instruments which are being used every week by students for pre-K through 8th grade! A MUST percussion class keeps rhythm on drums donated by Reverb. Thanks to Reverb, we’ve been able to put 184 instruments in the hands of children in our community just this Fall. We’ve taught them how to play their instruments to express themselves and set them up on the path of achievement in school and in the arts. A student in the East Bay demonstrates proper playing posture with his Reverb guitar. Much thanks to the folks at Reverb.com for their support of music education and Music in Schools Today! Please follow and like...