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September 4, 2012 > Why Music for Minors II?

Why Music for Minors II?

Submitted By Carol Zilli

Make the musical difference in children's lives and your own by becoming a music docent in Music for Minors II (MFMII), the 501(c)(3) nonprofit keeping music in the schools since 1988 due to the void of arts education. As MFMII approaches its 25th anniversary of community service, the need is even greater for community volunteers to offer their time, sharing music with children in need.

Children need music for their healthy development and academic success. MFMII's mission is to nurture the love and literacy of music in children's classrooms and lives and provide them with performance opportunities so that they are balanced, motivated, self-confident and committed to succeed in life filled with joy and hope for a better future.

To be sure children have the music they need, Music for Minors II seeks adult volunteers to take its annual fall music docent training class offered at the Fremont Adult School on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. in the Noll Center from Sept. 12th through Nov.16th.

Another class is also taught through the Castro Valley Adult School on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. from Sept. 10th through Nov.14th. For more information visit www.musicforminors2.org, call 510-733-1189, or e-mail czilli@aol.com.

Training prepares the volunteers to share a wide variety of musical experiences for children in 1/2 hr. weekly lessons that fully engage the students along with their classroom teachers. Singing/signing songs, rhythmic movement/dance, and simple instrumentation are just some of the fun-filled, enriching lessons shared by trained music docents. Children cheer as their docent enters the classroom and volunteers rave about the joy and fulfillment they receive in making music with children. Classroom teachers certify that their students are more focused, disciplined, respectful, and excited about school based on their MFMII experience. One first grader bursting with joy stated that he liked music better than cartoons at the end of his MFMII lesson.

Music is essential in life and in fact, it is life! Brain research verifies that music integrates the brain and is a vital part of learning and being. How can the schools afford not to have music since it is a powerful learning tool that raises test scores, unifies people, and has long-lasting effects. It is the duty of the school to provide music for children but until every child has music in their core school curriculum, MFMII is a most effective alternative. Join us!

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