MUSIC FOR MINORS INC

Rating: 5 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 883 N. Shoreline Blvd. C120 Mountain View CA 94043 USA

Mission: To nurture in children a lifelong love of music by providing quality music education programs in schools with our trained volunteer and professional educators.
Programs: MFM currently provides music education to over 10,000 children in kindergarten through 5th grade with a sequential program in alignment with the California Content Standards for Music. Weekly lessons are taught in 400 classrooms, and actively engage children in many facets of music such as singing, movement, theory, dance, musical games, and use of rhythm instruments. MFM has two different program models, one taught by trained volunteers and the other by professional educators.

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Rating: 5 stars  

To be a member of the Music for Minors family is an honor and a privilege because our mission is to BRING MUSIC INTO THE LIVES OF CHILDREN WHO WOULD NOT EXPERIENCE AND ASSIMILATE A LIFELONG LOVE OF MUSIC.

Speaking as an elementary school teacher with a passion for music, I believe a childs learning modalities are stimulated when music is an integral part of their lives be it in or out of the classroom setting. Music effects moods, body rhythms, relationships, and more.
MFM has and will continue to enrich childrens inner and outer beings and provide our next generations with a ZEST in every realm of development.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Many for my former students have verbalized their continued love of music as an adult. Their personal declaration of the introduction of music as a young child and the impact it made throughout their lives is a testimony to Music for Minors.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would love to be able to train more volunteers so that more children could have the opportunity to benefit from our incredible program.

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I am a principal pf a school in San Mateo. We love the Music for Minors program! the docents are amazing! Our children love when they are there and they love the lessons. Working with the MFM group does put extra work on my plate- it completely enriches our school!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the students reactions to the lessons!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide this program to more schools and classrooms!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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The Music for Minors Program is great. Our primary students develop a strong musical foundation. Most of the participants go on to play instruments in middle schhol and high school. In a age when schools are cutting electives and extras, Music for Minors offers students an essential ingredient to a well rounded education.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

giving students an opportunity they might never have without help.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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In the fall of 1999, I received fantastic training from Music for Minors that has allowed me to share my love of music with over 1000 young students in the last ten years. The information I received, the resources I have had available, and the support for my efforts in teaching music under the sponsorship of Music for Minors has been invaluable. Without this, the school at which I volunteer would not have a music program for the younger students (K-3).

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the reactions of the students, teachers and parents over the course of 10+ years. The first students I taught are now in college, and I bet they remember!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not know what to suggest. The organization seems to work pretty well as it is.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the feeling of complete support for my efforts, and the absolute dedication of the staff and all the other volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

women and men very dedicated to this activity. Kind and generous people, knowledgable about music.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

pay for advertising, and also pay to expand this activity beyond the local area. It could pay its own trainer (not having to rely on junior college fees and rules) in order to conduct the training.

Ways to make it better...

there were even more people like me to bring music to my school. Sometimes I have to teach more than one grade level at a time, which I would prefer not to do. I hope MFM will find a way to get the word out better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

publicity and other ways to recruit potential docents.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is one of the best things I've done in my life. Although it is a tiring day, teaching music to 80 students (4 classes) really feels GREAT.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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I've been a docent for 7 years, providing 1/2 hour music classes to two local 2nd grade classrooms. Music for Minors trains its docents (the training is thorough and brilliant), develops the relationships with the schools, and provides ongoing support. All you have to do is prepare your lessons and show up to give them. MFM offers docents free workshops throughout the year so they can continue to build their repertoire and skills. I can't speak highly enough about MFM. It provides a critical need for our children. Arts are basic!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help our children become better students (and people) by providing music education in all public elementary schools in California. How tragic that budget cuts and testing requirements have obliterated music programs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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For ten years I have been teaching in the MFM music program which reaches into classrooms that have no specific music program in their curriculum. Music for Minors prepares their teachers with a college course in the basics of music, then supplies them with a library of materials to use in the classroom. Each week we go into the classrooms and provide the students with singing, movement and rhythm instruments. There are always on-going programs to give MFM teachers new materials and ideas to enhance their programs. The quality and generous spirit that you find in MFM teachers is truly an inspiration. We are there to share music to all children. When a school decides to hire a music teacher, we then leave and know that our mission in music has been accomplished.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

going into classrooms full of children eager to sing and dance.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to make it known beyond the areas that it now serves.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the enthusiasm of the teachers as we meet for new ideas to make each class we teach the best it can be. We share songs and activities that have been successful and then we share them with the children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very enthusiastic. We have met for new ideas so the classes we teach can share the experience that others have gained. I find very unselfish people in this group.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

train more teachers and move into classrooms all throughout the U.S. bringing the appreciation of good music to all children.

Ways to make it better...

I could have served more classrooms in the same school if their schedules could have been more flexible

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

recruiting more volunteer teachers who are willing to know about and share music. Once the recruits see the efficient way that MFM goes about putting each of them into classrooms, they will know the joy of bringing music to children.

One thing I'd also say is that...

music brings out the best in people. Music is such a basic need and MFM recognizes this and has tried to accomplish a monumental task in bringing music into our schools.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Once upon a time, my friend Ellie convinced me to become a MFM docent and share my love of music with our most important gifts, our children. As I began the discovery of what music does for children, I realized the credibility of Music for Minors and its rich resources. As a passionate elementary teacher, I believe that in order to raise a whole child, music must be an integral part of their daily routine. I am so proud to still be enveloped in Music for Minors, 22 years later!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

through the eyes, ears and mouths of the children I have taught. My former students have returned 10 years later with music still a part of their lives. I think that is quite a testimonial.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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MFM is an amazing organization that has allowed me to personally make a positive contribution to the lives of hundreds of young kids through music. I didn't learn of MFM until, at the age of 61, I was retired from a PHD level engineering job and self-employed by my own acoustical consulting company. As a youth I had played the trombone in numerous bands, and ever since my teenage years, I had been singing in choruses and choirs. Therefore, having the available time and the musical background, I was in a perfect position to take advantage of MFM's program. I took the amazing 14-week training course they provide through a local community college, and in late 1998, I walked into my first classroom, a third grade at a Title 1 (less affluent) school in San Jose. When I looked at the 33 faces staring at me, I noticed that nearly all of them had black hair (my hair was blonde at that age). I wondered if I would be able to establish a rapport with kids young enough to be my grandchildren and with kids from cultures somewhat different from mine. I needn't have worried. Music seems to easily overcome age and ethnic differences. I taught them songs I had learned in camp when I was that age. I taught them folk dances I had learned in graduate school. I taught them basic musical symbols and notation. I taught them rhythmic claps that we then used to reward classroom accomplishments. I brought in instrumentalist friends, who explained their instruments and often let the kids try to play them. We put on performances for the parents. The kids loved it, and so did I. For five additional years, I was a MFM docent at three different San Jose schools. Unlike many docents, I didn't have kids in a particular school, so I went wherever MFM needed me. As my confidence grew, I gradually increased the number of classes I taught. It was especially gratifying when, between classes, I would wander out on the playground at recess and see kids teaching other kids the songs and dances I had taught them. After I stopped teaching, I joined the board, and have been on it for the last three years.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

see above text

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the obvious affects it has on the kids who would not get the musical knowledge or exposure MFM provides

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

competent and committed

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide music to many more Title 1 schools than its current budget allows by 1) providing more docents for these schools or 2) by developing a training program for teachers who are interested in including music in their classrooms.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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I first found out about Music for Minors (MFM)in 2004, and it sounded like just the organization I was looking for to expand the music offerings at my children's elementary school. The staff at MFM was very supportive of my efforts to start the MFM program at Marshall Lane. The docent training program led by Chris Burke is excellent, and it gave me a solid foundation for teaching music in the classroom. The wealth of resources available to new and continuing docents is fantastic. I truly enjoyed my five years as a docent with MFM.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing children who started the year saying, "I don't like music," looking forward to music class and telling me they love it just a few weeks later.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

teaching 2nd graders and sharing their enthusiasm for music. I'm amazed by what they have been able to learn and accomplish, and I feel good making a positive contribution to their education.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic about MFM's mission and programs and dedicated to reaching as many children as possible. MFM is doing an important service by providing a route to weekly music education to thousands of elementary school children.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach more schools in low income areas where there is no PTA money to pay the standard fees. MFM could also add more resource rooms in locations convenient for docents spread throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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As a founding member of Music for Minors I have been privileged to see how music in our public schools has enriched and enhanced education for our children,. They learn to clap, sing, move and use sequential learning which helps in all academic work. We teach about 7,000 children per year and have been in Santa Clara, San Mateo Counties for over 30 years. Without this program, children would have no music. It is essential to contiue to this program. Without it we will leave a gap in our society where as adults, none of these children will have any appreication for the arts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the impact of the trained docent teaching the children in music, rhythm, sequencing and joy for singing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The hard work of volunteers and trainers and community members pulling together to make certain that our children are not left behind in the joy of music.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Unbelievably kind, talented, dedicated and responsive to making life easier for our sschools by providing a vital component in public education.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide music to all our schools and children and nurture in them a love of music so that they grow up to enjoy all the arts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-12-01

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