MUSIC IN SCHOOLS TODAY

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, www.mustcreate.org, 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.
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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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.

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

Seeing the fun the children have in the music class

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

Not make any changes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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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