KtC Committee

MBAW’s Kids to Concerts Committee, made of Board Members and staff, meets monthly to fine-tune the curriculum, lesson plans, programming, and overall vision.  MBAW has a uniquely international Board of Directors and the equally international KtC committee reflects Musical Bridges’ vision.  Each committee member brings their cultural background and personal expertise to the table.  Committee Chair Dr. Awilda Ramos is a Puerto Rican native, Retired Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, and pediatrician with many years of experience working with children and in creating curriculum for Montessori schools; school liaison Mr. Caleb Gonzalez, is a...

Evaluation

Evaluation criteria are built around each concert.  TEKS and STEM standards are introduced, reinforced and tested during each performance.  MBAW formerly created a written test based upon TEKS and STEM standards, administered at the end of each concert, evaluating the retention of TEKS Music and Art, and both TEKS and STEM Social Studies curriculum introduced.  New this year, in support of our growing technology focus, MBAW is working with Sweb Development to design a custom Kids to Concerts app, which students will download in class following the concerts, to test retention, as well as garner performance evaluation.  MBAW also provides...

Kids

This year MBAW is targeting middle school students, presenting 25 concerts in mostly Title One middle schools in several different San Antonio public school districts, at no cost to schools visited.  Texas Title One schools are those most persistently low achieving, and most in need of improvement.  Studies have shown middle schoolers are at a “jumping off point” in their education, open to new ideas and engaged in their world.  These are influential years in their education, and an important time to create opportunities for real learning about the world.  Many of the students in the Title I schools we visit never travel outside their...

Artists

Artists

In 2014-15, MBAW will introduce kids to Spanish Flamenco, Russian balalaikas, Mediterranean Baroque, Jewish traditional and Argentinian Tango ( artists TBA) A true jewel of the Texas performing scene, Austin Troubadours is an international group of musicians that is dedicated to reviving the beauty of musical masterpieces from Medieval and Renaissance Europe thru performing dances and songs in period costumes with more than 30 authentic period instruments. Founded in 2008 in Austin, Texas by the award-winning lutenist and early music specialist Slobodan Vujisic, a veteran of the European early music scene. Prior to relocating to the United...

Welcome Back, Sarah!

Welcome Back, Sarah!

Welcome back to our new old Office Manager Sarah Bading Gabriel! Sarah first came to Musical Bridges as the narrator for Carnival of the Animals and Babar the Elephant in 2009. She served as Office Manager from 2010-2011 for MBAW’s 13th Season. After two years living in Austin and the birth of her first child, Sarah returned to MBAW as Event Manager, helping coordinate the very successful 2013 Silent Auction and Fundraising Gala. For the upcoming 16th Season, Sarah was offered the position of full-time Office Manager and moved from Austin to accept. Sarah is very happy to be back home in San Antonio, and grateful to be serving Musical...

Curriculum

New this year, MBAW will begin to implement TEKS STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum.  The scientific aspect of energetic sound waves, the technological aspects of sound recording and the comparison between live and electronically produced music, the engineering aspects of handcrafted instruments vs. artificially engineered electronic music, as well as the mathematical elements of counting and division of time signatures, are examples of our proposed STEM curriculum.  Both technology and engineering knowledge will be supported by instructional...

Welcome Kelly Hamilton!

Welcome Kelly Hamilton!

MBAW is proud to announce our newest Board Member and Marketing Committee Chair, Kelly Hamilton!  Ms. Hamilton is a long time San Antonio resident with an extensive career in writing and Journalism.  As Editorial Director for NSIDE Media Publications she manages the statewide publication, NSIDE TX, as well as several other magazines that fall under the NSIDE umbrella.  Educated at The University of Texas San Antonio and University of the Incarnate Word, Kelly is an avid reader who loves the outdoors and traveling in her spare...

Art Gallery Grand Opening Reception!

Art Gallery Grand Opening Reception!

MBAW welcomes you to the Grand Opening of our new art gallery, Sat. Oct. 5th from 5:30-8:30pm! We are thrilled to announce our Grand Opening Reception “On the Way to Work” celebrating our long-awaited expansion into our first workspace, starring San Antonio sensation Rex Hausmann!  Mr. Hausmann exhibits nationally and internationally, is the Gallery and Arts Program Director of Hausmann Millworks: a Creative Community in San Antonio, Texas, and the Programs Director of the San Antonio Museum of Art Contemporary Art Committee.  He will be showing some of his latest work, including skillful pen and ink drawings, wild paintings,...