"[Our MFMII Docent] is fabulous in that she so enjoys teaching. She lights up the class with her good spirits. I just think it makes my students happier overall, which helps them learn and get along better with each other."

- Second Grade, Niles Elementary School, Fremont

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Music for Minors II Workshops

MFMII provides workshops throughout the school year for docents, classroom teachers, parents, and the community-at-large. These workshops focus on ways to help people integrate music into their daily lives and those of children. Each session has attracted many participants from Fremont, Newark, and Castro Valley school districts.


Harmonica Workshop - October 2018



Circle Dancing with Maureen Atkins

On March 23, 2018 MFMII hosted a circle dancing workshop, led by Maureen Atkins who is a member of the Bay Area Circle Dancers. She has led many workshops, programs and dance classes over the last 25 years, including the San Francisco Free Folk Festival and in the Newark and Hayward elementary schools. Circle dancing also known as folk / community dancing celebrates community and togetherness. Docents and teachers got some great exercise and had fun learning some easy, new international circle dances such as the "Seed Dance" and "Rain Dance".

Drummm!  Come and Build Connections Through Rhythm!

This unique workshop provided a powerful drumming experience on February 23, 2010 and again in 2016, at the Niles School auditorium with guest presenter Jeni Swerdlow. Jeni is a percussionist and art therapist and a dynamic and engaging facilitator and trainer whose drumming circles have captivated thousands in the United States and abroad. Jeni’s playful attitude and innovative strategies inspire drumming with freedom and confidence among diverse populations.

Taiko Drumming with Terry Eustice

This workshop given in October of 2010 empowered docents and their children and community members to become Taiko drummers and express themselves through the power of creative rhythms and vocalization.

Dance Workshops

These workshops are an annual event usually held in March each year. Dust off your dancin’ shoes and join in the folk, square, and line dancing that includes instruments as well. Have fun while learning effective teaching tips for working with children. 2012 Workshop Flyer 

Orff Specialist

Maddie Hogan, an Orff specialist and veteran music teacher, is a popular MFMII presenter as she leads everyone in classic Orff techniques that involve improvisation in pentatonic scales with creative movement, rosewood xylophones and percussion instruments. 

Ukulele Workshop

In 2014, Dianne Smith and her group shared the joy of playing ukulele with an enthusiasic room full of docents. All docents learned how to play a few basic chords, played some songs and had a sing along.

Recorder Workshop with Ed Sueta

This workshop taught docents and community members how to play the recorder using Ed Sueta's "Be A Recorder Star" method. Docents shared their experiences of teaching recorders in the classroom, using the Recorder Karate method too.

See our event calendar for all MFMII workshops each school year.