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A Message From Carol Zilli, Executive Director

"It’s not only what we do with music, it’s what it does for us!”


It was another amazing MFMII school year, especially when MFMII turned 30 in January! A quick review of the highlights reveals lots of musical joy experienced by all and some traditional and new and exciting events to start off our 30th year of volunteer service to children with a musical gong!


  • Our biggest training classes of 50+ new Docents
  • 96 Total New and Returning Docents
  • 210 Classrooms/teachers served
  • Almost 5,000 students received weekly MFMII music enrichment
  • Peter and the Wolf presentation by former Docent Jonna Carlile at our Back to  MFMII Night
  • MFMII Kids Choir holiday performances at Niles School, Centerville Tree Lighting, Christmas Concert at Pathway Community Church, joining the Fremont Symphony Youth Orchestra for their “Season of Love” holiday concert and presenting their annual “Sing for Spring Concert in May
  • Lots of wonderful school site performances led by our dedicated docents.
  • Carol Zilli receives the Jefferson Award in San Francisco and MFMII is  featured on KPIX /CBS News TV which included video coverage of Carol docenting in her granddaughter’s kindergarten classroom at Niles School in Fremont where Carol started MFMII in 1988.
  • A fun-filled Circle Dancing Workshop led by Maureen Atkins at Niles School when lots of docents put their dancin’ shoes on!
  • Monthly Docent Sharing Sessions in Fremont and Castro Valley, countless MFMII Family Music Nights at school sites culminating in our first community Free Family Music Festival at the Niles Town Plaza in Fremont featuring our docents in three music stations. Two wonderful board members and talented musicians and recording artists, Lori and RJ, kept the beat going on the train station platform.
  • Open Houses, K Orientations, community booths, and presentations continued
  • Annual Volunteer Recognition Year-end Luncheon to celebrate everyone!

Yes, it was a very good year and we look forward to celebrating again at our upcoming 30th Anniversary Gala on Nov.9th in Fremont. 

Last month I shared with you Part I of the Music For Minors II story. If you missed it, you can view it here. Today I would like to share with you Part II of our story, and hope you enjoy!

Part II of the MFMII Story: 1998-2008

This decade marked continued expansion of the MFMII program from serving 2,500 students in 1998 to reaching 4,000 children in 2001 in three school districts:  Fremont, Newark, and Castro Valley Unified along with the addition of the Extended Day Care Centers (EDCC) in Pleasanton and Dublin.  MFMII  began training the EDCC teachers who then shared the music with children during their before and after school program.

Volunteer recruitment has been ongoing but what is essential is caring, dedicated, unselfish parents and community members who stepped up and took our training classes to make the musical difference in children’s lives and their own because that’s what music does! Our Docents are the core and heart of MFMII because they directly impact the children! Read More

Our 30th Anniversary Gala Is November 9th!

Save the Date!

Be sure to mark your calendars for Nov. 9th, MFMII’s 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner and Concert and much more! You won’t want to miss this exciting event which starts at 6 pm in Fremont.
MFMII 2017-18 Highlights

In Harmony Service Awards

Congratulations to our 2 In Harmony Service Award Recipients: MFMII Administrative Asst. Sharon Filippi and Newark Docent Ines Canales are the recipients of our annual award that recognizes excellence in service. Congratulations Sharon and Ines!!

Hats off to Docents Ginny August and Sunny She-shu who received their 5 year service pins.

MFMII's Family Music Festival

Thank you for coming out to support MFMII's Famliy Music Festival at the Niles Town Plaza on June 2nd. Please enjoy a few photo and video moments of this magical and musical afternoon!

Lori and RJ entertain the audience with their fun songs and moves, at the MFMII family music festival, to celebrate MFMII's 30th anniversary.
Barry and Don singing the blues at MFMII's family music festival with the kids (and grown-ups) enjoying playing the kazoos. Introducing the new Blues in the Schools (BITS) program, coming in the fall 2018.

Upcoming Events

The best way to always know when our upcoming events are taking place, and set reminders! Click on the image to view the public MFMII Events Calendar & click on "Google Calendar" in the bottom right corner to sync with your account. (Note: you must be signed into a google gmail account to use this feature.)

MFMII 4th Of JULY Parade

Look out for MFMII as we march in the Fremont July 4th parade this year, playing kazoos to patriotic music. MFMII friends and family are encouraged to join us. If interested, please send us an email

New! Blues In The Schools 

Save The Date! Join us for our Blues In The Schools Free Workshop on August 11 and 12. If you would like to reserve your spot, please call 510-733-1189 or send us an email.

MFMII Kids Choir

MFMII Kids Choir has done a spectacular job this year under the talented directorship of Lydia Concepcion, Docent and private piano and vocal teacher. The choir has delighted audiences with all their performances throughout the year. MFMII kids choir is open to talented 1st - 6th graders. Auditions will be in the fall. Visit our website for more details or email:

Docent Training Fall 2018

A Special Thank You To Our Recent Donors!

Thank You to our 2017-18 Donors:
Bay Area Discovery Museum
Blackhawk Car Museum
Chabot Space & Science Center
Sharon Filippi
Gilroy Gardens
Joe’s Corner
John’s Incredible Pizza Co
Veera Kazak
Oakland Zoo
Pier 39
San Francisco Zoo
Dawn Sawyer
Sonoma Raceway
Stage 1 Theatre
Starstruck Theater
Trader Joe’s
Winchester Mystery House
Italian Catholic Fed of St. Francis of Assisi Br. 215
Frances C. Latorre
Barbara Y. Bender
DaVita Dialysis

MFMII Family Music Festival Sponsors:
MFMII salutes Niles businesses for their support of our FMF at the Niles Town Plaza on June 2nd:

Nature's Microcreamery & Soul Cafe
Niles Ice Cream Sweets & Eats
Mr Mikey's Country Store and Deli
Devout Coffee
Bronco Billy's Pizza Palace
Fremont Cultural Arts Council (FCAC)

MFMII continues to appreciate the generous community support for our program since our founding in 1988.

We Appeciate You!

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