Music for Minors

Music for Minors

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:

  • Engaging and participatory
  • Based on state music education standards
  • A foundation for further choral and instrumental music education
  • Cost-effective (regardless of district/school resources)

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.

EDUCATOR CONTACT INFO

musicforminors@mfm.org

http://www.mfm.org

  200 Industrial Road, Suite 195, San Carlos, CA 94070

San Mateo

650-237-9130

In-School Music Education

Program description

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.

Booking / scheduling contact

Sonja Wohlgemuth, Executive Director

   650-237-9130

 sonja@mfm.org

Program detail
Artistic discipline: Music
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Program type: School Program, Workshops & Classes
Population served: Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Subject: Fine Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Interested schools and districts are encouraged to contact Music for Minors. Timing is flexible.

Length of program: 30-45 minute sessions

Qualifications

Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes

Educator Qualifications

Instructors receive annual professional development training: Yes
Provides lesson plans: Yes
Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and/or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes