Meg Madden, Executive Director
Meg has been with Music in Schools Today since 1989, where she has pioneered arts education management, program development, assessment and active research. She appears frequently on both traditional and new media. A sample of her clients includes Chevron, Grateful Dead Productions, San Francisco Education Fund, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Unified School District and Stern Grove Festival. In the eighties, Meg served as Community Relations Manager at San Francisco Ballet. She serves on the Board of Music in Schools Today, the Advisory Committee of the Music in Education National Consortium and on the Education Committee of the San Francisco Symphony. In her college days, she played ukulele with a girls’ band. In her spare time, Meg rides her horse Concho, and is exploring the integration of culture, nature and spirituality.
Barie Wolf-Bowen, Associate Director
Barie joined the MUST team in April 2016. She is originally from Winter Park, Florida and attended Rollins College where she obtained her BA in Organizational Communication and was a DJ at the community radio station for six years. After working in the advertising department of a publishing company, Barie decided to utilize her skills and education in the nonprofit field. In 2011 she joined the AmeriCorps VISTA program and served three terms of service in North Carolina, Austin, and San Francisco working with poverty cutting programs. During this time, she also completed her Master’s degree in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Prior to joining MUST, Barie worked at a nonprofit art museum managing public programs and volunteers and she is dedicated to improving the lives of young people through the arts. Outside of the office, Barie is a budding yogi, guitar player, foster youth mentor, listener for the Sidewalk Talk program, and is developing art therapy workshops for nonprofit workers to explore individuation and prevent burn-out.
Alyson Swihart, Program and Administration Director
Alyson Noel-Swihart, has been with Music in Schools Today since 2007. She first worked as our Curriculum Specialist, designing and implementing music integrated programming in Oakland Unified (OUSD) and San Francisco Unified School Districts in partnership with the Music in Education National Consortium (MIENC). During this time, she worked with classroom and music teachers to provide direct services and to research music’s impact on student learning. She became one of the founding teachers and program managers for the Music Integrated Literacy Enhancement Program (MILE), a collaboration between OUSD, MIENC and MUST, again providing professional development for classroom teachers and music specialists. From 2000-2015 she administered a $1.2 grant from the United States Department of Education to MILE focused on children and literacy. Before joining Music in Schools Today, Alyson worked for seven years as an OUSD classroom teacher.
Ami Molinelli, Music Integration Director
Ami Molinelli develops programming and curriculum for MUST’s Music Integration programs, including Music First! and TEAM. She writes, authors and leads our Music First! program and Professional Development workshops, and is responsible for program implementation at schools and centers, as well as program expansion. Ami joined MUST in August 2012 after over several years as an artist-in-residence with the Los angeles Music Center and core faculty member with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Education department having written integrated music curriculum that reached over 10,000 Los Angeles County students. When she isn’t working in music education she is working as a professional musician and co-leader of the Brazilian choro and jazz ensemable Grupo Falso Baiano, She is endorsed by Latin Percussion and on the board of the Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area (AEABA).
Aida Salazar, Music Enrichment Director
Aida Salazar is a multidisciplinary writer, educator, arts administrator, and mother. With an MFA in Writing from the California Institute of the Arts, she has taught visual art, poetry and fiction to students of all ages.
She began her career in arts administration over 20 years ago as School Director of Plaza de la Raza’s School of Performing and Visual Arts in Los Angeles – a school that served 500 low-income children weekly and offered 75 courses in music, dance, theater and visual arts. She was a founding board member of the artist/activist space Regeneracíon in Highland Park. In this work, she was part of multi-cultural coalition of young artists who in the latter part of the 90s produced multimedia events, fundraisers, and political actions that ranged from shutting down the streets in front of the Federal Building in LA to starting a food bank and art and literacy courses in challenged communities, to producing a large-scale protest concert outside the Democratic National Convention in 2000. As a producer for LA’s Cultural Affairs Department, and CARS – Community Arts Resources, Inc.; and in the SF BAY: BrasArte and CubaCaribe; she has produced arts-based festivals, events, conferences, artist residencies for a range of clients – Museum of Contemporary Art LA, the Getty Museum, City of Santa Monica, and the Skirball Museum. She also consulted in the planning and design of cultural spaces including LA’s Grand Park and La Plaza de Cultura & Arte.
She currently lives in Oakland, CA with her husband, Latin jazz musician, John Santos, and home-schools her two fiery artist children. She has the good fortune to be involved in the ethnically diverse artist communities in the SF Bay Area. She is happy to bring all of this experience to her position as Music Enrichment Director for Music in Schools Today.