For many of us, every day is a celebration of music in our schools. Day in and day out, educators labor to bring the beauty of music to the next generation, ensuring a richer life for their students. By now, it is well known by most everyone that participation in music classes lead to better grades and has a strong positive impact on many other areas of a young person’s life. However, in some schools, music education is still either underfunded or nonexistent.
With this fact in mind, it has become increasingly important that we recognize the significance of music education with a nationwide celebration. Music in Our Schools Month, or MIOSM, stemmed from a day-long statewide event in New York in 1973. By the 1990s, the celebration had grown to be a month long, observed by hundreds of thousands of teachers, students, and parents across the country.
One of the highlights of MIOSM is the Concert for Music in Our Schools Month, which is run by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and currently celebrating its 30th anniversary. Classes from across the nation and overseas submit videos of themselves performing a number of pieces. The class that receives the most views on their video is awarded an AudioBox Stereo Recording Kit. This year’s pieces include America, of Thee I Sing; Explore, Dream, Discover; Shake Them ‘Simmons Down; The Best in Me; The Star-Spangled Banner and Una Sola Voz. Sheet music and audio tracks for these pieces are provided by Hal Leonard.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Music Makes Me ______.” Students and teachers alike are encouraged to discuss what music does for them in their daily lives and consider the impact it has had on them. Together, we can build awareness of the importance of music in our schools. For more information about advocacy and activity ideas, visit the NAfME page for MIOSM.