Peforming Arts Workshop

Music Monday: Cook Up a Storm

Music has different moods and motivations. Teaching Artists use these attributes in Workshop classes to teach youth how to reflect on their own moods and motivations. In a creative movement class, young people can be asked to “move like the music – how does it make you...


Music Monday: See it Live

What is it about live music that is so compelling? We can listen to recorded music all day and never feel the same emotions or moved in the same way as we do when the music is being made, right there, in front of us. At the Workshop, we talk a lot about being able to improvise in...


Decision Guide: Prop 38 & 30

As a follow-up to our post last week about Propositions 38 and 30, we recommend the Silicon Valley Education Foundation's Guide prepared by Mary Perry. It is a great side-by-side comparison of the similarities and differences between these two initiatives, with in-depth analysis...


Music Monday: To Sleep, To Dream

Music makes us feel a certain way, or put us in a specific mood. Sometimes it can even help us concentrate or complete a specific task. Many people use music to help them fall asleep. Workshop teaching artists often use music to explore individual feelings, cultural context and...


Fund California's Education: Prop 38 & 30

Hello California Voters! Getting ready to vote on November 6th? Wondering why there are two different education propositions on the ballot? The Board of Performing Arts Workshop has officially endorsed Prop 38 and Prop 30. They both set out to generate revenue for our sorely...


Music Monday: Sing to Me

Did you have a parent sing you to sleep? What song did they sing? Last week we asked about songs a family sings together, this week we’re curious about songs parents sing to their children. Are they always nursery rhymes? Are there certain occasions when they sing to us? At...


Music Monday: The Family That Sings Together...

Does your family have any songs they sing together? Sitting at the dinner table, on a road trip, camping, whenever your uncle comes over, are there moments when your family bursts into song? Singing together is something people have done since the dawn of time. It makes us feel...


Music Monday: Dance, dance, dance

To what song have you or would you choreograph a dance routine? There are some songs that make you want to dance. People groove to them in their cars or when the song plays on the jukebox and shoulders start to shake. In a Workshop World Dance class, students are taught how to...


Music Monday: Stress Busters

If you’re like us, summer is over, school has started and the real work has been creeping on until you are right in the middle of it. Sound familiar? When you get that itchy feeling between your shoulders and need a way to work it out, physical movement and the right mood music...


For the Love of a City: Top 9 Films Starring San Francisco

How much do you love San Francisco? With its sweeping views, vibrant culture and ever-changing amazing food and drink options, there’s a lot to appreciate about this town. Film makers and movie producers like it too. Here is a list of our staff's top nine favorite movies set in...


Music Monday: Anne Trickey's Favorite Films

What is your favorite movie soundtrack? Let me preface this by saying I’ve only picked films that I’ve seen at least 5 times. What does this say about me? I really like movies. I watch movies I like multiple times. The only exception to this rule is noted below. The 5th...


Music Monday: "The Sound of Young America" on the big screen "Nothing But A Man" (1964)

Editor's Note: Larry Jones, our very own resident DJ spinning soulful tunes in the office, puts on his sharkskin suit and heads to the height of the Civil Rights movement with his favorite soundtrack. "Nothing But A Man" Soundtrack (1964) I discovered "Nothing But A Man" by...