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...

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!        ...

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      ...

Classroom Management 101: 3 Ways to Promote Positive Behavior in your Music Classroom

There are many ways to promote positive behavior in your classroom.  Here are three of our tops techniques:   Greet them at the door:  It’s a great way to get to know names of students. (Link to Blog Post) Change your Routine:  Get them moving! If you are talking for more that 10 minutes, they are going to need to get up and move! Incentives:  There are many age appropriate incentives you can use including classroom points and prize boxes.   Make sure you check in with your non profit supervisor and/or the school staff for support with any of these!   We would love to hear from you! How do you promote positive behavior in your music...

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...

Using Music as an Emotional Tool

Music is often considered a great educational learning tool, but many forget that music can also be used to teach individuals skills involving emotional development. For example, a recent study found significant proof for music priming, meaning that listening to happy or sad music enhanced the perceived happiness or sadness of a face irrespective of facial emotion. For more interesting facts about how music can be used as an emotional tool, feel free to check out the full visual resource below!...

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...

Meet Ami Molinelli: Music in Schools Today Integration Specialist

Ami Molinelli, has been with Music In Schools Today since 2012.  She is the Director of our Music First! Program and our Integration Specialist. Music First! teaches preschool students school readiness, literacy, math and science through a sequential music curriculum. Ami Molinelli also hosts and provides professional development to classroom teachers and teaching artists.  She has worked with San Francisco Unified, Oakland Unified, San Bruno Unified, and Jefferson Elementary School District while working with Music In Schools Today. Ami is a professional percussionist and educator specializing in Brazilian and Latin percussion. She co-leads the Brazilian and Jazz ensemble, Grupo Falso Baiano with two albums to their credit: “Simplicidade – Live at Yoshi’s” and “Viajando em Choro e Jazz.” Grupo Falso Baiano have been featured on NPR’s the California Report, Radio Latina and Pandora LIVE! Find out more about her here:...

Promoting Peace in the Classroom and Home: Fighting Is Not The Solution

As a classroom teacher, I am always looking for new and exciting ways to bring music into my classroom.  Recently, I stumbled on the Mosaic Project, an Oakland non profit. This organization’s mission is to: We work toward a peace­ful future by uniting children of diverse backgrounds, providing them with essential community building skills, and empowering them to become peacemakers. A coworker introduced me to and amazing CD and Song Book they created.  The Song, Fighting Is Not The Solution became a daily song in our classroom.  The songs reinforces I-statements and the importance of talking about your feelings.  Seeing the success of the song (you know it’s successful when students start singing the chorus when a conflict starts in your classroom), I went to their website to learn more. Not only do they provide a CD and Songbook, but they have camps for youth and families.  This is a great resource for teachers, artists, and parents that you can’t pass up!  Go check them...
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