MUSIC IN SCHOOLS TODAY Overview
Programs: MuST offers teacher training and free consulting to help teachers place music in the core curriculum and to help schools start new programs that are resistant to budget cutbacks and to enrich schools with new and reinvigorated music and arts programs.
Adopt an Instrument is the original, year-round instrument donation program. This widely emulated recycling program provides roughly $150,000 of instruments to Bay Area schools and comunity centers annually. A new on-line collaboration with Excess Access now conects school programs everywhere with people who wish to donate instruments.
Achieving Through Music provides music therapists and programs to extremely at-risk youth, trains educators in basic therapy techniques, and documents the resulting change in student behavior. An example of its effectiveness: after one year's intervention, students who received services have improved their attendance and academic performance by more than 50%.
Understanding Cultures pioneers cutting-edge curriculum and research. Understanding Cultures teaches literacy, social studies and other core curricula through world music. After sucdessful pilot programs in Oakland and San Francisco, this program will be available to all Bay Area schools this Spring.
The Big Music Lesson offers 4,000 young people a basic introduction to music with interactuve performances at San Francisco Davies Symphony Hall and Oakland's Calvin Simmons Theater. The Big Music Lesson provides curriculum, classroom demonstrations, post-performance activities and wrap-up evaluation. The program will be offered annually around the state in March, to celebrate Music in Our Schools Month.
mustcreate.org is designed to be a national forum for young eople engaged in music and the arts. It lists internships and music camps for students, and will soon provide one-stop shopping for adults looking for currriculum and other arts education resources. I will showcase young people's original work and connect students with celebrity mentors and other business professionals through e-mail. It will featurte a job board for students and educators natioanlly.
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