Happy Holidays from MSSL!

Dear all,

As 2020 comes to a close, we would like to thank you for all your support in such unprecedented times. 2020 has been a difficult and isolating year for many, and we could not have done this without you. To spread some holiday cheer, linked below is a performance video by our officers and members that we have also sent to many local senior homes, we hope you enjoy!

Happy holidays!

Announcement: Passing of Dr. Mary Jones

Dear all,

With great sadness, the Music Students Service League of Contra Costa announces the news of the passing Dr. Mary Jones, the director of Katie’s Clinic for Rett Syndrome, with which we have been long-time partners.

Without Dr. Jones, MSSL would not be what it is today. She put so much time, energy, and effort to help MSSL organize events and connect us to wonderful causes to donate to. Most notably, Dr. Jones introduced us to Katie’s Clinic and greatly impacted our mission to serve those in need.

She was there at the very beginning of MSSL’s formation, and gave us courage that our music could help others. Her iron will and heart of gold will always live on through us.

Dr. Jones was a guardian angel to so many patients, friends, and family. May she Rest In Peace.

MSSL’s Online Music Tutoring Program!

Hello all,

We hope that you and your families are doing well this new school year! We just wanted to give you all an update on an initiative MSSL has been undertaking as we continue to adapt to changing times. 

Since early September, we have been partnering with the band and orchestra classes at Diablo Vista Middle School in Danville to pair music students with MSSL high schooler members and volunteers. Through this program, high schoolers are able to provide free, one-on-one online music and theory tutoring to their students on a weekly schedule, earning volunteer hours while simultaneously helping to cultivate musical talent in their peers.

If you or someone you know plays an instrument (especially a band or orchestra one!) and would be interested in tutoring and earning volunteer hours, please let them know of this program! You will be paired with a student who plays your instrument at a level that you feel comfortable teaching, and if you are only comfortable teaching piano, you may be able to help the students with music theory. Most likely the students will already have their instrument and music that they want to work on, and if that isn’t the case, we will help to contact the band/orchestra teacher. 

Below is the flyer for the program; if you’re interested in volunteering with us, please email me at MichelleChen@msslmusic.org. Thank you and stay safe!

MSSL During COVID-19

Hello all,

We hope this announcement finds you and your families well, and thank you all for your patience in these trying times! We would like to give you an update on MSSL and our plans for next school year. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MSSL and Macy’s 3rd Annual Fashion Show that we had originally scheduled and planned for early May was postponed. Furthermore, we had originally communicated with Katie’s Clinic for Rett Syndrome for an opportunity to volunteer at and support them at their Family Education Day event in August. As for senior home performances for next school year, we are taking into account the health and safety of both the senior citizens and our members and their families, and we are in discussions of how best to continue our activities and volunteer opportunities. As we know the circumstances surrounding these events are uncertain, we will be sure to keep you updated via email newsletters.

To make sure that MSSL’s emails are not going through to your spam inbox (as we have heard that that can happen), please make sure to go through your settings and be sure that michellechen@msslmusic.org is not blocked. Please feel free to reach out to michellechen@msslmusic.org if you have any questions, and thank you again for your patience!

2020-2021 Officer Applications

The Music Students Service League is looking for new officers for the 2020-2021 school year. Even if you previously or currently hold an officer position, please re-apply to be re-considered for an officer position.

The available positions are:
Vice President: assists the President with general projects, holds role in general administrative tasks
Secretary: signs volunteer forms for members and guests, create and print programs for all performances, takes minutes at officer meetings
Historian: takes photos at each event for publication on our website, takes attendance of all members and guests at each performance/event
Public Relations and Fundraising Officer: assists with organizing members in fundraising efforts and contacting MSSL partners

To apply as an officer, you must meet these requirements:

  1. You must have been a MSSL member for at least one full school year up to date.
  2. You must be an incoming 8th grader or older.
  3. You must currently be under the instruction of a music teacher that is a member of the Contra Costa Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC).

Please take note: As officers, you are not only responsible for your individual leadership roles but you must also fundraise at least $50 for donations to Katie’s Clinic of USCF Benioff Children’s Hospital at least once a year. All officers must be committed to actively attend and participate in performances and fundraisers.

If you are interested in becoming an officer, please answer the following questions and email your responses to michellechen@msslmusic.org by 11:59 PM on Sunday, July 19st, 2020.

  1. What position(s) are you applying for?
  2. What is the name of your current music teacher(s) that is a member of Contra Costa MTAC?
  3. Why are you applying to become an officer in MSSL? Be specific.
  4. How, as an officer, would you improve our nonprofit’s ability to serve underprivileged communities? Offer specifics.

Officer positions will be announced via email by Sunday, July 26th, 2020. Please reach out to michellechen@msslmusic.org if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

MSSL & Katie’s Clinic for Rett Syndrome

On Saturday, February 22, 2020, three MSSL officers met with Dr. Mary Jones, the director of Katie’s Clinic for Rett Syndrome, Katie Nues, and Mrs. Nues, to deliver a $250 donation from MSSL. MSSL continues to raised funds through community performances and donations, and MSSL’s donation goes towards music therapy at the clinic.60FD5A44-3F50-455F-86C6-A8215901B2CC_1_105_c