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...

Classroom Management 101: Get Colleague Support

Don’t be afraid to ask for help when managing your classroom.  If the classroom teacher is in the room, ask them to help energetic students.  If a teacher is not in the classroom, know who to call at the site for help.  Don’t forget to ALWAYS inform your Music In Schools Today supervisor of any concerns you have!  We are here to support...

5 Family Friendly Musical Events You don’t Want To Miss This February 2017

Share your love of music by taking your kids to an affordable (even FREE) music event in the month of February.. Check out our list below: February 4: The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra will be in San Mateo offering a free concert designed with toddlers in mind.  This 20 minute presentation teaches musical concepts, offers hands-on activities, and encourages lots of music, movement, and dance. February 9: Albany Community Center is hosting a free Chinese New Year Celebration. Your family will be  introduced to Chinese song and dance as well as  the 12 Zodiac Story. There are also arts and craft stations. February 11: The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra will be in Oakland offering a free concert designed with toddlers in mind.  This 20 minute presentation teaches musical concepts, offers hands-on activities, and encourages lots of music, movement, and dance. February 12: Visit the Oakland Museum of California to see performances by the Dharma Realm Chinese Orchestra, Taiko Drummers, folk dance and martial arts demonstrations.  All activities are included with museum admission. February 25: Join SFJAZZ Family Matinee for an afternoon with Marcus Shelby Orchestra. This family friendly concert is  a great way to pass the love of jazz onto the next generation. Let us know of other family musical events, we’d love to add them to our...
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