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.      ...

National Arts in Education Week

  September 10 – 16, thousands of arts organizations and communities across the nation will celebrate the transformative power of the arts in education during National Arts in Education Week. Passed by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 designates the week to be a celebration intended to bring attention to the cause of arts education for elected officials and educational decision-makers across the country, and to support equitable access to the arts for all students. As MUST inches closer to our 35th anniversary ( December 2017), our mission is more important that ever! We advocate for, develop, and deploy sustainable music education programs that improve student achievement in school and in life. And with your help, our vision will one day become a reality: A world where every child is curious and engaged in learning, through the power of music! There are many ways you can celebrate National Arts in Education Week: – Share are personal story on social media using the hashtag #BecauseofArtsEd. – Celebrate at a local event. – Advocate for arts education in your community. – Support Americans for the Arts! Tell us how you plan to get involved!        ...

The Value of Music Integration: A Classroom Teacher’s Perspective

  Music Integration looks different in every classroom depending on the comfort levels of the collaborating teachers. These four wonderful classroom teachers from Oakland learned alongside their students as the music teacher taught rhythmic activities using steady beat and simple musical notation. The classroom teachers then modified those rhythmic activities to use in later language, math, and science lessons. Hear their reflection on how music integration has affected their teaching practice.   How do you integrate music into your classroom?    ...

Legacy Gifts and Estate Planning Made Easy!

A wonderful way to support Music in Schools Today (MUST) in an effective and meaningful way is by naming MUST as a beneficiary designation of a financial account or by naming MUST as a beneficiary of your Will or Living Trust. In regard to financial accounts, these easy gifts include: – IRAs, 401(k)s, and other retirement plans – Savings, checking, and brokerage accounts – Stocks and Bonds – Commercial annuities – Donor advised funds – Life insurance policies To name MUST as a beneficiary of any of these types of accounts, in most cases it is as simple as contacting your financial advisor and requesting a “beneficiary designation” form or a “transfer on death” form and indicating that you would like to name MUST as a beneficiary of such account.  You will need our legal name (Music in Schools Today) and likely our tax identification number (94-292-0480), and please feel free to contact us if any additional information is required. Additionally, an equally effective and thoughtful way to support MUST is to name MUST as a beneficiary in your Will or Living Trust. Generally, providing for a “specific bequest” of a certain amount of money (or other property) to be distributed to MUST or by naming MUST as one of your final “residual beneficiaries” (usually done in fractional or percentage terms), you can ensure your estate will support future generations of music education and mentoring to those most in need of it! Please let us know if you have named MUST as a beneficiary designation of any financial account or as a beneficiary of your Will or Living Trust, so...

Musical Back to School Ice Breakers: Scavenger Hunt

  Here is a great way for Teachers and Teaching Artists to get to know their students, and for the students to get to know each other through a scavenger hunt.  Just like the game, “Find A Classmate who…”  students interview each other about their musical knowledge.  This game however doesn’t require musical knowledge.  Download the PDF here.  It’s a great activity for both music and non music classroom!    ...

Listening: An Easy Entry Point to Supporting STEAM at Home

STEM education refers to the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEAM education incorporates the “A” for the arts – recognizing that to be successful in technical fields, individuals must also be creative and use critical thinking skills which are best developed through exposure to the arts and there are many easy ways to support it at home. Listen to nature. Listen to recordings of nature.  Better yet, go out into nature and listen. Ask your child to identify the sounds they hear included animals, waves, blowing grass. This activity fosters observation skills, sorting and identification all of which is essential to science and math. Remember, the purpose of STEAM should not be so much to teach art but to apply art in real situations. Applied knowledge leads to deeper learning. Have fun and STEAM on!!!!      ...

Stories From the Instrument Fairy

Have you ever wondered what happens to the instruments that are donated to MUST? Every week we receive gently used instruments at one of our three drop-off locations in the Bay Area. This includes our offices in downtown San Francisco, Music at Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, and the East Bay Center for Performing Arts in Richmond. These instruments are then given to schools who have 65% or more of their students receiving free or reduced lunch. For some schools this means a few more students can take music lessons, for other schools it means they can start a new or lapsed music program. When it comes time to make a delivery, we send out our Instrument Fairy (AKA our Associate Director, Barie)!  “Delivering instruments to schools is the best part of my job! To see the excitement on the children’s faces makes it all worth it.” This fall we will continue our partnership with KDFC to expand our drop-off sites for a two week instrument drive. In 2016 we had 12 locations and received 315 instruments valued at over $50,000. Stay tuned for dates! If you’d like to hear the story of a flute that went from donor to student, you can listen here. And check out what our donors and receipent schools are saying about our Adopt an Instrument program: “You have made our day! Thank you for sharing with us the positive impact of ours and the many other donations. I think this is such a valuable service KDFC is providing to Silicon Valley’s underserved youth.” – Kirk Everett, donor and KDFC listener “I am really grateful for this...

Thank you Green Apple for a Great Partnership

  MUST is committed to buying local and Green Apple Bookstore is helping us to bring literacy and music to over 800 Bay Area students age 3-5. We have been working with our Music First! early education program (preK-2nd) for almost five years now.  What makes our music program unique is that we are offering our program as a music and literacy program.  Involving pre-literacy skill connections between music and literacy is a perfect fit for early learners.  Here are the three things I find make our program unique: Each music lesson, is taught by a professional musician also known as a teaching artist who is able to highlight their instrument and profession as an individual professional artist as well as educator.  We feel it’s important to show young learners that more than just music appreciation, there are wonderful talented and professional musicians making their living as an artist in our rich and culturally diverse home of the Bay Area.   Each lesson in music is paired with a book or story. Music is a language and most studies and experiences prove that students learn to read and learn language faster with the help of music.   We bring the instruments and books into the classroom and give the teachers and the students recordings of the music and the instruments to use, bang on or use for extension activities throughout our residency.  We also align our curriculum with California state standards in Visual and Performing Arts for as young as the preschool level. What I am thrilled about is that this year we reached out to our local bookstore,...
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