If your school participated in The World’s Largest Concert® (WLC®)) on Thursday, March 10, tell MENC about your celebration. Or let us know about celebrations you plan later in March, which is Music In Our Schools Month®. Register your school’s involvement in the WLC and receive a participation certificate.
An important advocacy event in Music In Our Schools Month each March, the WLC is a great way for music teachers to showcase their music programs for their communities, and to raise awareness of the importance of a quality music education program for all children.
Nancy Bennett’s students at Willow River (Minnesota) Elementary School, were among students from across the United States who participated in the World’s Largest Concert on March 10.
For 2011, participating teachers have reported that:
- The average number of students participating in a WLC event is 325.
- Both elementary and middle school students performed in the concert.
- Some PBS stations as well as cable access stations aired the concert program.
- Many teachers encouraged local stations to air the program featuring video recordings of school ensembles from around the United States.
Although teachers were encouraged to participate on March 10, many schools hold their celebrations at different times. Teachers who want to share information about their March WLC celebrations can leave a comment below, or e-mail Roz Fehr, MENC managing editor for news. E-mail the editor if you also have photos to share. MENC will use as many stories and photos as space permits.
The 2011 concert program is
- “El Quelite”
- “Make a Song For My Heart to Sing”
- “Music and Me”
- “Soldiers’ Joy”
- “The Star-Spangled Banner”
- “Tue, Tue”
- “We the People”
- “When Music Plays”
—Roz Fehr, March 11, 2011. © MENC: The National Association for Music Education