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March 24, 2010 > The Beat Goes On

The Beat Goes On

Submitted By Carol Zilli

Music for Minors II (MFMII) recently held their 10th Children's Showcase called "The Beat Goes On." This is a performance opportunity offered to students led by their trained volunteer music docents in singing, rhythmic movement and dance, instrumentation, and listening appreciation in their weekly music lessons.

About 300 children from several MFMII schools in Fremont performed and conveyed the theme of how important music is in their schools. Grade levels K-6 were represented with a powerful opener and closer with all 300 of them uniting in song. Celebrated playwright John Burns was on hand to meet the children and parents. He is a making a movie based on his book series, Pengey Penguin.

Our volunteer needs are to recruit adults who love music and children and know how important music is in the healthy development of children and for their academic success. We train the volunteers annually in the fall through Ohlone College in a class I teach from mid September through mid November. They then commit to teaching 1/2 hr. weekly music lessons in school classrooms. All materials are given freely to the volunteers and they have access to four music resource centers supplied with wonderful instruments, charts, puppets, CDs, teaching manuals, etc. for their free use in their classrooms. We support our volunteers with annual music workshops and docent sharing gatherings and provide performance opportunities for the children at school sites and in our showcases.

MFMII also has funding needs given the current economy so we hope our events increase our visibility and encourage people to donate to MFMII as we continue our mission of nurturing the love and literacy of music in children's classrooms and lives. With our expansion currently in several school districts in the Tri-City and East Bay area, MFMII now serves about 5,000 children with 90 docent volunteers, part time staff and a 9 member Board of Directors. Our funding and recruitment needs are ongoing and we appreciate continued community support for our efforts.

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