Celebrating Thirty Years of Music In Our Schools

Sixty Teachers from 23 States, One Amazing Concert

RESTON, VA (March 6, 2015)—This year marks the 30th anniversary of the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®). People around the country are joining in the celebration. Every year, MIOSM is commemorated in March to highlight the critical importance music education serves in every student’s education, and the amazing role music teachers serve in preparing our nation’s next leaders and innovators.

The “Music Makes Me __________!” theme encourages teachers, students, and supporters alike to raise awareness of the benefits of learning music, and the ways that music can empower and enrich lives.

Bus Tour: From March 7-14, during week-long bus tour, powered by Radio Disney, Valory Music Co. singer/songwriter RaeLynn will visit five schools where student ensembles will perform her song “Always Sing.” A highlight at each location will be a special private concert by RaeLynn. Give a Note Foundation, in partnership with the National Association for Music Education, selected each school to be honored as part of the Music In Our Schools tour for their music programs’ outstanding achievements and recognizing the important role music education plays in their students’ daily curriculum.

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The Concert for Music In Our Schools Month: In an innovative online concept for the annual Concert for Music In Our Schools Month®, student video performances from across the U.S. and Europe well be featured on the NAfME website throughout March. All music students, educators, parents, and supporters are encouraged to view these videos in celebration of the importance of school music programs. The Concert for MIOSM (formerly known as the World’s Largest Concert) features songs appropriate for K–12 students.

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Always Sing” is the newest addition to the Concert. Recording artist RaeLynn debuted “Always Sing,” a song she wrote with Nicolle Gaylon and Jimmy Robbins, at the 2014 National In-Service Conference. It’s an exciting tune that embodies the spirit of music education.

Student performances can be viewed https://nafme.org/programs/miosm/the-concert-for-music-in-our-schools-month/ from March 1 through March 31. The school video that receives the most views between March 1 and March 31, 2015, will win the Presonus Music Creation Software Suite.   

“Music In Our Schools Month® is more than just a singular event,” says Michael A. Butera, NAfME’s Executive Director and CEO. “It is a coming-together of musical celebrations nationwide for the express purpose of recognizing how music education can orchestrate success for every student, teacher, parent, and person in our country.

“We thank Hal Leonard Corporation for their continued support of the Concert for Music In Our Schools Month®, for which they provided the sheet music and audio tracks for the 2015 program,” added Butera, “and PreSonus for providing a school recording package to the school whose video receives the most online views.”

Listed below are the teachers, schools, and hometowns of the performing ensembles featured in the Concert for Music In Our Schools Month®:

Carson

Zac

Westwind Elementary School

Phoenix

AZ

English

Teddi

Westwind Elementary School

Phoenix

AZ

Burns

Bernadette

Valley Charter High School

Modesto

CA

Smith

Jacqueline

Riverside Preparatory School

Oro Grande

CA

Hardy

Ellen

Green’s Farms Elementary School

Westport

CT

Propp

Suzanne

Green’s Farms Elementary School

Westport

CT

Brooke

Carrie

North Broward Preparatory School

Coconut Creek

FL

Gonzalez

Vivian

South Miami K-8 Center

Miami

FL

Guarino

Barbara

Escambia Westgate School

Pensacola

FL

Veglia

Francesca

Emma E. Booker Elementary School

Sarasota

FL

Howard

Harriet

West Laurens Middle School

Dublin

GA

Norris

Marianne

East Laurens Primary School

Dublin

GA

Royal

Gina

Ben Hill County Schools

Fitzgerald

GA

Williams

Lisa

Aukamm Elementary School

Wiesbaden

Germany

Tsuji

Jenifer

Mountain View Elementary School

Hilo

HI

Burnworth

Belinda

Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School

Belleville

IL

Ryan

Elena

Attea Middle School

Glenview

IL

Goss

Lisa

Jeremiah Gray-Edison Elementary School

Indianapolis

IN

Hernandez

Virginia

O’Bannon Elementary School

Hammond

IN

Korfhage

Jennifer

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School

Jeffersonville

IN

Loos

Kristin

Ridge View Elementary School

Hobart

IN

Pietranczyk

Kim

Jeremiah Gray-Edison Elementary School

Indianpolis

IN

Barkley

Janet

Holy Name School

Henderson

KY

Owens

Ellen

Lloyd McGuffey Sixth Grade Center

Stanford

KY

Prizzi

Ann

Loch Raven Academy

Baltimore

MD

McCarthy

Heidi

Carrie Ricker Elementary School

Litchfield

ME

Moore-Young

Sam

Carrie Ricker Elementary School

Litchfield

ME

Wilson

Tamika

Oakside Scholars Charter Academy

Waterford

MI

Bird

Caitlin

Cooper County R-IV

Bunceton

MO

Johnson

Sarah

Pleasant Garden Elementary School

Pleasant Garden

NC

Mangum

Angela

Tar River Elementary School

Franklinton

NC

Nesbitt

Eleanor

Alderman Elementary School

Greensboro

NC

Richardson

Karen

Montessori Community School

Durham

NC

Rogers

Lucy Beth

Walkertown Elementary School

Walkertown

NC

Tompkins

Christine

Endeavor Charter School

Raleigh

NC

Williams

Sonja

Jacksonville Commons Middle School

Jacksonville

NC

Gunter

Matthew

Yutan High School

Yutan

NE

St. Martin

Jennie

The Whitefield School

Whitefield

NH

Stout

Belinda

Richards School

Newport

NH

Stout

Belinda

Towle School

Newport

NH

Gross

Bryan

Zane North Elementary School

Collingswood

NJ

Gross

Bryan

Thomas Sharp Elementary School

Collingswood

NJ

Piombo

Suzanne

Lenox Elementary School

Pompton Lakes

NJ

Tranz

Doug

Walter Hill School

Swedesboro

NJ

DiMartino

Karen

East Sayville High School

West Sayville

NY

Edwards

Twyla

Rome Free Academy

Rome

NY

Greco-Gaham

Hope

Mexico High School

Mexico

NY

Kramer

Ari

East Sayville High School

West Sayville

NY

McClimans

Rob

Harlem Village Academies

New York

NY

Ou-Yung

Megan

Harlem Village Academies

New York

NY

Lewis

Beth

Oswayo Valley Elementary School

Shinglehouse

PA

Smeck

Doreen

Octorara Intermediate School

Atglen

PA

Leone

Piera

Blackstone Valley Prep Academy

Cumberland

RI

Burns

Barbara

Carolina Springs Elementary School

Lexington

SC

Headrick

David

Carolina Springs Elementary School

Lexington

SC

Lindsay

Debra

Alexandria City Elementary Honor Chorus

Alexandria

VA

Deming

Pat

Grass Lake Elementary School

Kent

WA

Johnson

Sharon

Grass Lake Elementary School

Kent

WA

Schneider

Leslie

Valley View Elementary School

Ellensburg

WA

 

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