CHILDRENS MUSIC FOUNDATION INC

Rating: 5 stars   25 reviews

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Location: 608 State Street S. Rourke OBrien Kirkland WA 98033 USA

Mission: To create and support an affordable, standards-based, easy to use music program that inspires all schools to make music a central part of the elementary school curriculum.
Target demographics: All PreK, Kindergarten and First Grade Students
Direct beneficiaries per year: 625 Students
Geographic areas served: the US
Programs: First Note Music Curriculum for PreK-1 only
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EIN 32-0273969
425.250.2390
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Rating: 5 stars  

I found this Nonprofit to be an excellent resource for music education. I highly recommend the Childrens Music Foundation.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had an opportunity to review the music program implemented at one of the elementary schools in Seattle that no longer had any music for the school because of budget cuts. The program was a huge success and the teachers and children all were delighted to have it in place.

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It is clear that this program should be implemented in schools across the country. For some reason they do not appear to attract the funding that is necessary to kick start this effort on a wholesale basis. I believe they should be more actively engaged with foundations that recognize the links between music and STEM.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

CMF has done an impressive job making music lessons accessible to teachers and parents. With this curriculum I see no reason our elementary children should lack the basic music and developmental skills any longer. An amazing staff with such passion for education and music dedicated extensive time and research to develop this amazing curriculum, made readily accessible to classrooms and homes. The CMF has created a wonderful opportunity for teachers; I would love to see it spread to schools nationwide.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

After 23 yrs of teaching young children, I have had the opportunity to work as Program Director for CMF from the beginning. I strongly believe in providing young children with an educational experience that integrates the "Arts" and builds on their natural creativity. I have had the privilege of seeing children participate in the "First Note" curriculum and it's a joy to see their faces light up with the excitement they feel playing an instrument and moving to the music.
First Note is a standardized curriculum that will have young musicians, ages 5-7 singing, moving and playing percussion instruments from lesson 1 through lesson 30. At the end of the school year they will have mastered over 48 songs, several percussion instruments and an understanding of beat and rhythm that will create a foundation for the rest of their lives.

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

Seeing the joy on the children's faces as they sing, move and play percussion instruments. I've received positive feedback about our "First Note", beta program from teachers across the country. Emphasizing the need for music programs that are easy to implement and fun for the kids just like FIrst Note.

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

Encourage everyone to support CMF so we can spread the Music throughout world!

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a music teacher, I see every day the impact that music education has on children's lives! The Children's Music Foundation is working so hard to make sure that EVERY child receives the benefits of music education in thier lives. Please help support them!!!

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

My students have learned a great deal from the pilot program, "First Note."

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

I wouldn't!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Children's Music Foundation has pioneered an experiential curriculum for kindergarten and first-grade teachers to engage their students in musical lessons, appreciation, and creation. CMF's approach builds from the pedagogical and neurological research that shows the connection between musical ability & appreciation, self-discipline, goal-setting, and mathematical aptitude and educational achievement as children move through grade school and beyond. It's an exciting and low-cost way to fuel the imaginations of kids and teachers and is helping transform classrooms into places where "creative juices" are nutured.

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

I've seen classrooms of kids becoming creative labs for fun and academic learning through the CMF curriculum.

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

Try to spread its message and approach nationally more quickly than we've so far been able to do.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the priviledge of working with the Board and staff of CMF for three months. These people are passionate about getting music education back into our schools and enriching the lives of children across the country. Research so clearly indicates a link between early and continuing music education and later success. The established connection between music and math alone makes me wonder why aren't we funding the arts in our schools??! The Children's Music Foundation isn't just wondering, they're DOING. By building a kid-friendly, teacher-ready curriculum for youngsters in Kindergarten and 1st Grade, they are putting their money, time, talent, love and energy into making this dream a reality. I can't recommend CMF highly enough for sheer determination, stretching of donor dollars, and willingness to go the extra mile to make this happen!

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

helping CMF fundraise at their first benefit concert. The Music Man and Music Friends led the audience in a participatory sample lesson, showing us all what can be accomplished in a matter of minutes!

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

make sure they had a significant influx of operating capital to fund a full time staff and make the dream a reality TODAY!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I recently joined the board of the Children's Music Foundation and am an ardent supporter of their critically important work in integrating music in the curriculum of schools. This is not just an after-school or summer program, it is aimed at helping children and their teachers to learn to love music, discover it as a tool for learning, and find enrichment in their lives. When budget cuts are made, the arts seem to be the first to go; however, they have been essential parts of educational systems of every country. The Children's Music Foundation is finding ways to restore it in ours! This is a truly pioneering organization!

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

I have observed the results of this work with children and seen their joy in discovering new talents and interests!

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

None that I know of--it is always in the process of moving forward in their important work.

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