Music for Minors is a nonprofit with 44 years of expertise in elementary school music education. Our mission is to nurture in children a lifelong love of music. Operating in the San Francisco Bay Area, our staff provides students in transitional kindergarten through fifth grade with a program of diverse, high-quality musical experiences that is:
The Music for Minors curriculum is sequential and varied, including visual aids, props, and instruments. Lessons include singing, listening, reading, theory, movement, dancing, and playing rhythm instruments and recorders. Our volunteer and professional educators are trained in general music, recorders, and classroom management.
200 Industrial Road, Suite 195, San Carlos, CA 94070
In a typical school year, Music for Minors serves 25,000 elementary school students in 900 classrooms throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties with core music education. We provide music in 68 schools in 14 school districts, and work collaboratively to tailor the best solutions to the challenge of providing comprehensive and affordable programs. Our curriculum is in alignment with the California Content Standards for Music.
Music for Minors programs actively engage children in many facets of music such as singing, movement, theory, dance, musical games, listening (across eras and around the world), and use of rhythm instruments. In the third – fifth grades, students learn to play the recorder thus further laying the foundation for participation in instrumental music programs in the upper grades.
As of March 2020 Music for Minors quickly pivoted so that children could continue to receive music education — directly in their homes. Our program–curriculum, resources and teacher training– has been fully adapted to a live-stream online lesson format. This fall, given the ongoing conditions of distance learning, Music for Minors is serving thousands of students each week through our virtual program. We expect to be back for the next school year for in-person classes. Please contact us for more details.
Sonja Wohlgemuth, Executive Director
Interested schools and districts are encouraged to contact Music for Minors. Timing is flexible.