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Meg has been with Music in Schools Today since 1989, where she has pioneered arts education management, program development, assessment and active research. She appears frequently on both traditional and new media. A sample of her clients includes Chevron, Grateful Dead Productions, San Francisco Education Fund, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Unified School District and Stern Grove Festival. In the eighties, Meg served as Community Relations Manager at San Francisco Ballet. She serves on the Board of Music in Schools Today, the Advisory Committee of the Music in Education National Consortium and on the Education Committee of the San Francisco Symphony. In her college days, she played ukulele with a girls’ band. In her spare time, Meg rides her horse Concho, and is exploring the integration of culture, nature and spirituality.
Alyson Swihart is a 7th year classroom teacher who holds a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Design. Over the past four years, she has worked with MIENC to design and implement integrated music curriculum in order to research music projects at Thornhill Elementary in Oakland. As a lead teacher of the Music Integrated Literacy Environment Program (MILE), she has provided professional development for classroom teachers and music specialists, in multiple school districts, aiding them in co-teaching, designing, and implementing music curriculum into their literacy programs. She has been working for MUST since 2008.