FAQ

Q: Is MSSL an officially recognized non-profit organization?

A: Yes, MSSL is fully recognized by both CCMTAC (Contra Costa Musical Teachers Association of California) and Volunteer.gov, the federal government’s department of non-profit organizations and volunteering.

Q: Are there any requirements to become a MSSL member?

A: Yes. You must be affiliated with the Contra Costa Music Teacher’s Association of California (CCMTAC) in order to become a member and receive volunteer hours. This means your music teacher must be a part of CCMTAC. Additionally, members must pay an annual $15 membership fee. There is NO age requirement or skill level required, however, as our MSSL creed is the acceptance of all passionate music lovers.

Q: How do I get volunteer hours at MSSL?

A: If you attend a MSSL performance and play at least one song on any instrument of your choice, you will receive volunteer hours equivalent to the duration of the performance. Performers can bring a MSSL volunteer form (which can be found on our website under “Forms”), or a school registered volunteer hours sheet for the President to sign.

Q: Do I have to be a member in order to perform at MSSL concerts?

A: No. All musical performers are welcome to play and receive community service hours. However, there is a separate google form for non-members to sign up, which can be found in the “Upcoming Performances” tab, and a $5 performance fee for non-members. It is highly recommend that you register as a member, as you get priority for playing at performances, as well as receiving newsletters detailing exact dates, locations, and times of MSSL performances and concerts.

Q: Do I have to live in the Bay Area in order to participate in MSSL events? 

A: While you don’t have to necessarily live in the Bay Area to participate, you must be a member of CCMTAC in order to become a member. Non-member performers must be part of MTAC.

Q: How many students can be enrolled to participate in one MSSL concert?

A: For time management purposes, we will limit the amount of students able to participate in a MSSL concert to approximately 15-20 performers. Priority goes to members and then to who signed up first. The next performance will have those who were not able to participate in the previous concert, and vice versa.

Q: How can I apply for an officer position at MSSL? Are there any requirements to apply?

Officer applications for available positions are at the end of each school year. The requirements to apply are that you are a current MSSL member and an incoming 8th grader or older.