Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 582 Market Street Suite 213 San Francisco CA 94104 USA

Mission: Since 1983, Music in Schools Today (MuST) has been serving public schools, grades k-12, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our website,, serves young people, schools and families everwhere. Our award-winning on-site music and arts programs reach thousands of young people annually as we work with students and teachers to expore music and discover students' individual talents. We raise public awareness of the critical need for music and arts education through media and advocacy campaigns. MuST has enlisted support from business, education and the arts to guarantee that someday all our children receive a meaningful arts education.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Just wanted to share and say what a wonderful experience I had working with MUST. The staff was incredibly attentive to our After School Program's needs, and selected a music teacher that was a wonderful match for our community.

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Seeing the fun the children have in the music class

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MUST programs, designed for tough times, are extremely cost-effective, as we constantly weight cost-of-service against impact. We emphasize teacher training as well as providing teaching artists, and we avoid “break-out” classes, which can be more easily cut than programs that are integrated into the school curriculum.

We teach teachers how to integrate music into all subjects through basic musical concepts like rhythm and melody, and how to use simple rhythm instruments. Then we help them to make the connections between music and other curricula. For instance, we teach children songs about ecology, to observe in a garden setting and to set their observations to music.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in turning around the lives of at-risk children and youth. The Achieving Through Music program combines discipline with opportunities to cooperate, lead and teach, so students build self-confidence and life skills while improving attendance, grade point average, and avoiding violence.

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

Make it available nationally. One of the wonderful things about this time is the rise of electronic communication, making it possible to teach from a distance, and to involve constituents in advocating for music education at local, state and national levels.

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