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Childrens Music Foundation Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Music

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

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Previous Stories


Rating: 5

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.


Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.