Have Your Donation Matched on #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. On this global day of giving Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are matching up to $2 million of funds raised on Facebook for U.S. nonprofits. Facebook is also waiving its fees for donations made to nonprofits on Facebook this #GivingTuesday. This means that your tax deductible donation to Music in Schools Today will be matched dollar for dollar! It’s easy to donate. Go to the MUST Facebook page and click on DONATE. Follow the steps to enter your payment information and viola! Your donation will be matched and 100% of the donation will go towards our music education programs!        ...

Donate Your Gently Used Instrument Today!

  Our annual KDFC Instrument Drive is going strong! And there’s still time to donate your gently used instrument. We have 13 locations around the Bay Area, some with evening and weekend hours. Thanks to a partnership with the Red Cross, Music in Schools Today will be providing instruments to the school in the North Bay that were affected by the recent fires. Would you like to help but don’t have an instrument to donate? You can make a tax deductible donation to help with the cost of transportation, storage, and delivery. YOU can make a difference in a child’s life today!    ...

House Concert featuring Avi Vinocur and Maurice Tani

  On the evening of December 2, 2017, Doug and Jennifer Milliken will host an intimate house concert featuring Avi Vinocur and Maurice Tani to benefit Music in Schools Today. The evening will include live music performances, desserts and champagne, and a live auction. House concerts are a great way to see your favorite musical acts in a small setting and still experience the energy of a large show! Purchase your tickets here before they sell out!      ...

Instruments Change Lives

Music in Schools Today is excited to announce the dates and locations of our annual KDFC Instrument Drive!  Last year we collected 315 instruments valued at over $50,000!  Help us collect even more this year by donating your your gently used instrument to the following locations from November 8 – 19th.   Bring the love of music to children throughout the Bay Area! If you have any questions, please contact us at:  (415) 392-9010 Locations:   Allegro Music (Fremont) Walnut Plaza, 3115 Walnut Ave. Fremont, CA 94538 Phone: (510) 793-3500 Drop off hours: Mon – Thurs 10am – 9pm, Fri 10am – 8pm, Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 12pm – 5pm   Marin Symphony Association (San Rafael) 4340 Redwood Highway Suite 409c San Rafael, California 94903 Phone: (415) 479 – 8100 Drop off hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm   Music at Kohl Mansion (Burlingame) 2750 Adeline Drive Burlingame, CA 94010 Phone: (650) 762-1130 Drop Off Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 10:00am – 4:00pm, or by appointment   Music in Schools Today (San Francisco) 582 Market Street, Suite 213 San Francisco, CA 94104 Phone: (415) 392-9010 Drop off hours: Monday – Friday   School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza (San Jose) 1700 Alum Rock Avenue (Alum Rock exit off HWY 101) San Jose, CA 95116 Phone: (408)794-6250 Drop off hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 4:30 pm   West Valley Music (Mountain View) 262 Castro St. Mountain View, CA 94041 Phone: (650) 961-1566   East Bay Center for Performing Arts (Richmond) 339 11th Street Richmond, CA 94801 Phone: 510-221-6355 Drop-off Hours: Monday – Friday, 4:00pm –...

2017 SF MusicTech Summit

    On October 17th, dozens of amazing organizations from around the Bay Area and beyond showcased the work they are doing in music and technology. It was incredible to converse with so many people who were passionate about music education like we are, and several of them even proposed future collaborations (so stay tuned!). There were many speakers/panel members throughout the day, but there were a few that really caught our attention. One company that stuck out was WEAV Music, a startup that is developing an app that when you listen during a run, changes the pace of the music based on your heartbeat; but here’s the kick… the pitch stays the same (so basically it always sounds good)! There were also interesting talks on the future of streaming music, and what that means for copyrights, licensing, and artist revenue. The SF MusicTech Summit is just another example of how MUST is adapting and growing to the ever-changing music world. We hope to strengthen the connections we made as the year progresses, and hopefully we’ll see you next year at the 2018 SF Music and Tech Summit!    ...

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.    ...

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      ...

Kids Music Day 2017

  Join Music in Schools Today on Instagram this Friday Oct. 6 as we celebrate, Kids Music Day!  This movement, started by Keep Music Alive, is to help focus attention on the importance of including music as part of our children’s education. We will be participating by posting pictures of the programs we bring to Bay Area Schools. Join us by leaving a comment or post your own picture of music programs/ lessons/ instruments with the hashtag : #KeepMusicAlive.  We’ll see you Friday… on Instragram!      ...

How to Work With an Artist in Residence

At a time when the arts are being squeezed out of the curriculum,  inviting an artist to take up residence in your school can be an excellent way to supplement arts education. Working directly with an artist can reveal the process of creating art and help pupils to experiment with their creativity and gain confidence in expressing themselves. It will also give young people an insight into the professional arts world and demonstrate the continuum from art made in the classroom through to professional practice. The benefits might be obvious, but the process of setting up an artist in residence may not be. Here are some tips for a successful collaboration. Think about your project brief Make sure you have a purpose in mind for the artist to work towards. What type of involvement would you like the artist to have? You may want them to give talks, run practical workshops or lead a project that will involve pupils in the production of an artwork. Think about how the residency will link to school curriculum or out-of-school activity. Make sure you are clear about what you hope students and staff will gain from the experience. Set a timeline How many times a week will this artist come in and for how long?  Will the students display their learning at the end of the residence? Will this be for the school Parents? Give the artist specifics Make sure the artist knows  who to contact if they are going to miss a class due to illness or other factors.  What is the make-up policy? Have a conversation about how the school...

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.      ...
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