About Music For Minors II
Music For Minors II (MFMII) is a nonprofit 501©(3) organization which provides music enrichment programs in elementary schools in the East Bay area and performance opportunities for children on professional stages and family music events at local schools and community events.
- Music For Minors II recruits and trains community volunteers to serve as music docents in the schools.
- Each trained docent commits to teaching a one-half hour music lesson weekly during the school year.
- Lessons include singing, rhythmic movement /dance, instrumentation and listening appreciation.
- MFMII docents work in partnership with classroom teachers to integrate music into their curriculum.
- Many classroom teachers have been trained by MFMII and have become music docents in their own classrooms.
The MFMII mission is to nurture the love and literacy of music in children’s classrooms and lives through instruction, participation, and performances, enhancing academic education with musical arts.
In the fall of 1986, a Fremont parent heard of Music for Minors – Los Altos, the mother organization serving peninsula schools and took their training program. She then taught all the Niles School students in Fremont, recruited more volunteers to be trained and established the nonprofit organization, Music for Minors II, in 1988. It was piloted at Niles Elementary School with seed money from Fremont Unified School District and the Candle Lighters, a local philanthropic women’s organization serving the community. A music resource center was established and expansion began in three, then five, then more elementary and pre-schools in local areas.
MFMII has expanded steadily and today MFMII serves over 5000 children in Fremont, Newark, and Castro Valley schools with expansion also in Pleasanton and Dublin. MFMII plans to continue its mission of reaching more and more children with community support.