We #LoveTeaching Artists!

February 14-21 is #LoveTeaching Week, and we love our teaching artists! Teachers are where the pedal of arts education meets the metal of the classroom. Thank you to everyone who inspires, motivates, and cares for kids in the classroom. Author John Steinbeck wrote: “I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. It might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.” Teaching is not an easy job, whether it’s eight hours in a classroom, or 60 minutes after school. But it’s because of the dedication and love that our teaching artists put into their work that kids in the Bay Area have the opportunity to learn Piano, World Percussion, Modern Salsa Dance, and many more invaluable and fun skills. So here’s to our teachers! Thank you for all your hard work!...

Join us for Kids Discovery Day!

Make some noise at the Tech! We are partnering with KDFC for Kids Discovery Day at the Tech Museum of innovation in San Jose. Join us for a day of instrument making and exploring music at our instrument petting zoo. We will be making instruments such as maracas, water drums, swishy-swashy ribbon wands, drum mallets, pellet drums, and more from recycled materials. Kids will also get to explore many instruments at our instrument petting zoo: xylophones, washboards, guitars, keyboards, drums, and more! Mark your calendars! KDFC Kids Discovery Day at the Tech 10 AM to 3 PM on Sunday February 25, 2018 The Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113...

Celebrate Black History Month with Music and Dance!

This month we observe Black History Month and celebrate the rich history of African and diasporic music and dance. Later this month, as our Spring music enrichment classes start, students in the Bay Area will have the opportunity to learn African Dance, Diasporic Dance, Haitian Dancing and Drumming, World Percussion, Hip Hop Dance, and many more subjects that exemplify the diversity of dance and music in the Bay Area and beyond. If you would like to experience African-American culture in the Bay Area this February, there are many events all month in San Francisco and the East Bay. There are countless ways to observe Black History Month through music and dance! What are your favorite ways to celebrate Black History Month? Tell us in the comments!    ...

Welcome our new Program Assistant!

We are pleased to give a warm welcome to Megan Udell, our new Program Assistant at Music in Schools Today! Megan is from Rocklin, CA, where she grew up in a family full of artists and musicians. In 2013 she graduated with her BA in Art History and Studio Art from Cal State Channel Islands and received a faculty award for her paper on race and body image in 19th century painting. After college Megan worked as Development Assistant at Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Ventura County, where she also taught art to elementary school students. She worked on the art center’s second annual Fashion Show benefit and led the diversification of the gallery’s store, showcasing the work of over 50 local artists. Since moving to San Francisco, Megan has volunteered at a non-profit art museum, shown her own paintings in a small exhibition, and worked as a Teaching Artist for MUST, teaching paper arts and visual arts. Outside of work, Megan enjoys cooking French cuisine, traveling with her husband, and playing guitar and banjo. She also makes incredible...

Learn About MUST and other Bay Area Arts Educators

On January 25, MUST will be exhibiting at the Arts Education Resource Fair from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. This event is a great resource to learn about all the organizations providing arts education in the Bay Area. Once again we’ll be sharing a table with the Teaching Artist Guild. For parents, teachers, administrators, teaching artists, and arts education advocates to meet representatives from a wide range of arts provider organizations in the bay area. Visit every table at the resource fair to: * Discover arts education programs. * Plan field trips and create partnerships. * Become an arts education advocate. * Bring the rich artistic diversity of San Francisco to your classroom. Location: Asian Art Museum 200 Larkin Street San Francisco, CA 94102 We hope to see you there!    ...

Celebrating 35 Years of Music Education!

  In 2018 Music in Schools Today will be turning 35! We are so honored to be a trusted name for music and arts education in the Bay Area. Here is how we got our start: In 1980, the San Francisco Board of Education was planning to eliminate the elementary school music program. Several concerned citizens, including music critic Robert Commanday, approached Sir Yehudi Menuhin and members of the San Francisco Symphony to make a presentation to the Board. After Sir Menuhin’s inspired address, the Board gave a standing ovation and restored the music budget. San Francisco Instrumental and Theatrical for Youth Fund was formed by members of the original coalition shortly thereafter, including founding President Alden Gilchrist, Louise McTernan and Joan Murray. In 1983, we began funding choral programs in the San Francisco public schools. ​In 1989, we changed our name to Music in Schools Today (MUST) and began supporting music programs in the San Francisco Bay Area, including establishing and supporting many choral, instrumental and comprehensive arts programs. MUST responded to changing school needs by increasing in-school artist programs to reach 28,000 children and youth annu​ally throughout the Bay Area, developing instrumental music, opera, theater and visual arts programs and returning to our original role in advocacy. In response to requests from teachers and parents, MUST is currently developing multicultural and ecological curricula that tie music and arts into other core school subjects like social studies and science, and is establishing programs that are national in scope. ​MUST champions arts education as a rich source of creativity, self-discipline and cooperation for America’s children and youth. MUST has enlisted...

Partnering with San Lorenzo for Multi-Cultural Arts Enrichment

This week we’d like to highlight our Music Enrichment program in San Lorenzo! A couple years back, MUST began a small music enrichment program with the San Lorenzo Unified School District. We started with a few music classes and after much success, we have now grown to 24 music, dance, and visual art classes in every elementary and middle school in the district. Classes include Vocal Jam, Street Art, Comic Book Making, African Dance, World Percussion, Salsa Dance, Piano, Guitar, Haitian Dancing, Haitian Drumming, Mexican Music, Paper Arts, Fashion Design, Performing Arts, Peace Choir, Visual Art Studio, Diasporic Dance, Capoeira, Brazilian Dance and Hip Hop Dance! Classes are taught by talented local Bay Area artists who are highly skilled in their craft. More information on our Music Enrichment Program: Music classes help at-risk youth improve school performance and build life skills. Our most popular program provides hand-tailored music classes to schools and community centers. Our trained Teaching Artists can teach during the school day or as part of an after-school program. For more information on how you can bring Music Enrichment classes to your school, email us at info@mustcreate.org!      ...

New Year’s Resolutions

  2018 is finally here, and with the new year comes resolutions! This is a time to set goals, make changes, or maybe just try something new. If your resolution is to be healthier, pick up a new hobby or help those that are less fortunate, we have some suggestions for you! Start taking instrument lessons or join a choir. Find a new way to burn calories by dancing. Take a class, go to a dance club, or just turn up the music and dance in your own home! Explore new music genres and expand your tastes. Go see your favorite band live. Or pick a local band you’re never heard before and see them perform. Have a mindful moment accompanied by some soothing music. Clean out your closets, garages, and basements and donate a gently used instruments to MUST. Help change a child’s life through music with a cash donation to support Bay Area music programs. What are your plans for the New Year? Let us know and don’t forget to make it musical! Happy New Year from everyone at Music in Schools Today!    ...

Your Donation Will Change a Child’s Life

Kamilyah loves to play the flute. Last fall, sharing a loaner flute with her classmates in the Oakland Edna Brewer Middle School band meant she couldn’t rehearse at home. Then, thanks to a gift of their own beloved flute, a MUST donor made Kamilyah’s wish come true. “Now that I have my very own flute, I can take it home to practice, even during the summer.” Although she admits to being a shy student, with the confidence she gained from extra practice, Kamilyah volunteered to do a solo performance . “She didn’t sound at all shy and awkward. She brought down the house!” – Zack Pitt-Smith, Band Director – Edna Brewer Middle School.   Kamilyah’s is just one of many musical wishes fulfilled by MUST donors. The children who need it most receive gently used instruments, improve literacy skills in our pre-school program, and learn about new cultures in our elementary school program. This year our musical instrument donation program reached over 51,000 children, and we provided in-school and after-school music programs to over 5,000 children in the districts of Daly City, Oakland, San Bruno, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, and San Mateo. Despite anticipated budget cutbacks, they are requesting increased services. MUST leads the way in ensuring every child in the Bay Area has access to quality music education! We are making a big push to raise $200,000 to ensure we can meet all our commitments. You can make a critical difference with your tax-deductible donation.  To keep free music programs available to children like Kamilyah, we need your help! Please donate today  at musicinschoolstoday.org! P.S. Double your impact: Our Board...

Celebrate the Holidays with Music

From Thanksgiving in November all the way to the Chinese New Year in January, the winter months are filled with holiday celebrations. And what better way to celebrate then with music! Holiday songs can be religious, secular, and everything in between. They can also be a great way to pass along family traditions. Songs for Teaching has compiled lists of Christmas & Winter Holiday songs, Chanukah Songs, and Kwanzaa songs. If you enjoy live music then you can find plenty of holiday options here. Why not branch out this year and learn some new holiday music! Please share with us in the comments your favorite holiday memory about music.   HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM MUST!        ...