From Virginia to Wyoming, Students Perform in Concert for Music In Our Schools Month® Videos

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME)’s 2013 Concert for Music In Our Schools Month ®  has a new format. Instead of a DVD for purchase, throughout March 2013, select school performances of each songs can be watched on the NAfME website.

Students perform against a mountain backdrop, at historic sites, in school auditoriums and alongside a creek.

Singers include kindergarten through high school students, and students playing guitar, percussion, and fiddle. A student-composed piece is also included   “The Power of Music” composed by Sodasia Thompson, student of NAfME member Ted Scalzo of Bay Shore High School in New York.

Formerly known as The World’s Largest Concert, ® the MIOSM® concert event is also an opportunity for music educators to draw attention to their school music programs. In addition to the videos, teachers around the United States will perform the concert program in their own schools throughout the month.

The annual concert is the centerpiece of NAfME’s annual March event, Music in Our Schools Month. This month, schools and communities around the country will participate in activities and initiatives to raise awareness of the benefits of learning music and the ways music empowers and enriches lives.  The year’s theme is “Music Education – Orchestrating Success.”

The 2013 MIOSM Concert program is:

“Alleluia! Jubilate!”

“Cripple Creek”

“Peace Drum Song,”

“The Star-Spangled Banner”

“The Power of Music”

“Why We Sing”

Listed below are the teachers, schools, and locations of the performing ensembles featured in NAfME’s 2013 Concert for MIOSM videos.

  • Jaree Hall,  Nashville Elementary School,   Nashville, AR
  • Suzanne Decker, Salt River Elementary School,   Scottsdale, AZ
  • Teddi English,  Westwind Elementary School,   Phoenix, AZ
  • Francesca Veglia-Dansky, Emma E. Booker Elementary School, Sarasota, FL
  • Gina Royal,   Ben Hill County School Music Programs,  Ben Hill, GA / Fitzgerald, GA
  • Melissa Caquelin,  St. Mary School,  Humboldt, IA
  • Vicki Szillage,  General George Patton School,   Riverdale, IL
  • Nancy Bacon,  Newport Intermediate School,   Newport, KY
  • Janet Barkley,  Holy Name School ,  Henderson, KY
  • Mary Scaggs,  Moyer Elementary School , Fort Thomas, KY
  • Christy Whittlesey, Parker Middle & Chelmsford High Schools, North Chelmsford, MA
  • Heidi McCarthy,  Carrie Ricker School,  Litchfield, ME
  • Silvia Moore-Young,  Carrie Ricker School,    Litchfield, ME
  • Helen Mellema, Daisy Brook Elementary School,  Fremont, MI
  • Cheryl Burford, Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School, Jacksonville, NC
  • Sara Germanaro,  Pisgah Forest Elementary School,  Brevard, NC
  • Monica Keele Jones,  Fox Road Elementary School,  Raleigh, NC
  • Eleanor Nesbitt,  Alamance Elementary School,  Greensboro, NC
  • Connie Arcilla,  West New York Middle School ,  West New York, NJ
  • Suzanne Piombo,  Lenox School , Pompton Lakes, NJ
  • Sarah Ambrose,  Dover South Elementary School , Dover, OH
  •  Jennifer Bohach,  Powhatan Elementary School,  Powhatan Point, OH
  •  Barbara Burns,  Carolina Springs Elementary School,   Lexington, SC
  • Kathryn Flint,  Orange Grove Elementary Charter School,  Charleston, SC
  • Doris Moreland,  Sequoyah Elementary School, Knoxville, TN
  • Cathy Ashanky,  Stanley Elementary School ,  Stanley, VA
  • Jane Cole,  Penn Elementary School, Woodbridge, VA
  • Catherine Drummond,  G.C. Round Elementary School,  Manassas, VA
  • Debra Lindsay, Crestwood Elementary School ,  Springfield, VA
  • Alice Real ,  Robert E. Lee High School,    Springfield, VA
  • Pat Deming,   Grass Lake Elementary School,  Kent, WA
  • Elin Mayo,  Campbell County Honor Choir, Gillette, WY
  • Sharon Johnson,  Grass Lake Elementary School, Gillette, WY

Roz Fehr,  NAfME managing editor for news, March 7, 2013. © National Association for Music Education (