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August 19, 2009 > Music for Minors II needs you

Music for Minors II needs you

Submitted By Carol Zilli

If you agree with Henry James that "the arts make life" and that music creates complete human beings capable of leading productive lives that serve others, then Music for Minors II (MFMII) needs you. Help fill the musical void in our local schools due to budgetary cutbacks in arts education by becoming a music docent in this nonprofit organization that has kept music in the schools since 1988.

MFMII trains community volunteers every fall through Ohlone College in Fremont and the Castro Valley Adult School in Castro Valley from mid-September through mid-November. Trained music docents then share singing, rhythmic movement/dance, instrumentation, and listening appreciation in half hour weekly music lessons in children's classrooms for the school year. Volunteers 18 yrs. and older are welcome to continue the MFMII mission of nurturing the love and literacy of music in children and provide performance opportunities for them.

Music education is a critical part of a child's development. Brain research verifies the powerful impact music has on learning since it integrates the brain not to mention its power to heal, unite, and foster creativity and self-expression. Our future depends on the education of caring problem solvers whose critical thinking skills will contribute to the betterment of society. If we cease to provide for the education of our future musicians and concert audiences, the music could end and the negative impact on society would be great. We cannot allow this to happen. We must keep the beat going.

You can share your love of music and children by joining the fall training program to become a MFMII docent. Other areas of support are joining our Board of Directors, serving on a committee, or becoming a Friend of MFMII as a donor to support our training and community events such as concerts and music workshops.

Please visit our website: www.musicforminors2.org for more information about this exciting and rewarding program or call MFMII at (510) 733-1189. Experience the fulfillment of sharing the joy of music and help make the difference in the life of a child.

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