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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