Hardly anything is more important than children's education. Children's Music Foundation (CMF) has been serving young children by offering a fully-developed music program that can be easily used in classrooms. It gives useful tools to music teachers while it can be successfully and easily used by teachers who are not trained in music. This is important because in a financial crunch, music is often eliminated from school. How sad! What I like about the CMF's program, First Note, is that it does more than bringing music education to classrooms. It brings fun. It teaches children how fun it is to learn although they may not be aware they are learning a lot more than singing and dancing. Music does a lot for brain development in any age but particularly young age. In a long run, children who learned early on that learning is fun stay in school. CMF is helping schools keep music in classrooms and children have fun in learning!
The Children's Music Foundation is an organization committed to the education of young students through music. The program is well developed and, most importantly, FUN for the kids in the classroom.
The "First Note" program uses music as an educational tools and standars-based. It can be taught by all classroom teachers with or without specific music background. The program comes with all of the teaching tools and a mentor to fully support teachers.
It is quite heartwarning to see young students being engaged in learning and having fun in the classroom. I have chosen the Children's Music Foundation to be the organization that receives a significant portion of my annual giving.
The Children's Music Foundation is helping to keep music alive in the public schools. The curriculum they have developed is effective and extremely scalable.
the mission and purpose of CMF is overwhelmingly compelling. the product they have created to help young people learn music from an early age is setting the standard. And it all started here in Seattle!
The Children's Music Foundation is more than just teaching youth about music. It helps educate children of need to function at a higher level than they would have.
CMF is a fabulous organization helping to bring music into the lives of young children, particularly those who would have no exposure otherwise!
Childrens Music Foundation is bringing professional and fun music instruction to schools. Music make a difference in a child's life and makes a difference in the world. In these days of reduced spending the Childrens Music Foundation fills an important niche.
I found this Nonprofit to be an excellent resource for music education. I highly recommend the Childrens Music Foundation.
The creative and lean team at Children's Music Foundation has developed a wonderful tool for arts/music literacy that virtually ANY teacher can use--in any age-appropriate classroom. The organization has a clear-eyed view of the need for teaching tools to be both user-friendly and effective, and the "First Note" program hits this note beautifully. Children's Music Foundation is an entrepreneurial, social venture nonprofit that means business. Donation dollars will be "turned" time and again, as the organization's business model promises a diverse and steady income stream from both contributed revenue in addition to curriculum sales to schools and districts.
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.
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.
Children's Music Foundation's program is professionally developed and serves young children and classroom teachers where extra funding is not available to hire music teachers. It gives them the opportunity to enjoy music and learn much more than music itself, e.g., history, geography, math, etc. They just don't realize how much learning is taking place because they are having fun in this music class. No one denies the importance of music, yet it is almost the first subject to be eliminated when schools face with financial difficulties. It makes me think what we are doing to these kids who go through school without music education. Children's Music Foundation is helping enrich children's life!
As someone who loves music, it is refreshing to see the CMF enriching so many young lives. They receive a gift which they will carry throughout their lifetime. Incredible joy comes from music!
This Foundation has been a real blessing to my daughter, Erica. Since starting choir last year, she has blossomed in to wanting to be a part of music and acting. Last semester she auditioned and obtained part in helping with the production of CMF's music education materials. Erica was thrilled. CMF worked with her to teach her the music she needed to learn and how the entire production is put together, from learning notes to being on a sound stage. This experience was and is extremely valuable and helped to further her love of music.
I attribute much her wanting to be a part of music based upon all the time CMF provided her. She is constantly improvising on the piano and/or singing into her “karaoke” (all the while using the broom stick as her microphone).
I have witnessed first hand how dedicated this Foundation to teaching children and taking the time to teach them at their level.
Anita Rae Manns
CMF's First Note program immediately engages kindergarten and first grade kids in a fun learning experience in their classrooms that not only establishes music as a universal form of lanuage and expression for them, but also creates community and helps build a foundation for learning in all academic pursuits. CMF's leadership and evidence-based program form a solid platform accomplishing for their mission. I'm proud and honored to serve on this board.
With more and more research showing that music education for youth is pivotal to their long-term development socially and academically, it is painful to watch as our educational system continues to eliminate such foundational curriculum due to a lack of resources. Children's Music Foundation has a model that works to assure our country's youth have exposure to quality music education. In addition, they have designed a model that is sustainable to assure its long-term success is not dependent on donation support. Way to go CMF!
My daughter recently had the opportunity to participate in some Children’s Music Foundation classes. The program was phenomenal! Children’s Music Foundation has developed a multi-sensory approach to teaching children music. The program is FUN, the children LOVED it plus it was educational!
Our school district doesn’t provide a music program for K-2. I wish our district had the benefit of CMF’s program. It is truly amazing and something I wish every child could experience. I highly recommend this program to both schools and parents.
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.
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!!!
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 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 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!
Kudos to the Children's Music Foundation! Music is truly the universal language and makes the world go'round. The work of CMF is devoted to providing all Kindergarten and first teachers an affordable music curriculum at a time when music funding to schools has been slashed all across the country. Extensive research has documented the direct link between young children participating in music and their academic achievement in other areas. Of equal socio-cultural importance is the relationship between music education and the acquisition of performance skills, the ability to collaborate, the opportunity to learn about diverse cultural backgrounds. The work of the Children's Music Foundation represents the commitment to keeping music alive for children everywhere.