Give a Note Foundation, Disney Performing Arts and Big Machine Group joined forces this week with Danielle Bradbery, Season 4 winner of The Voice, to celebrate music education with a week-long nationwide bus tour. The special bus has stopped at schools in five different cities to recognize excellence in music education and the value of a supportive community.
At each school Give a Note of the National Association for Music Education (NAFME) presented a check in recognition of each school’s exemplary music program. Friday’s recipient is Northwest School for the Arts, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The tour also draws attention to NAfME’s Music In Our Schools Month, cdelebrated each March as a great time to highlight the importance of comprehensive, sequential music education taught by exemplary music educators for all through concerts, lessons, and public performances and advocacy activities.
The MIOS Bus Tour departed March 2 from Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Monday’s stop was Eldorado High School in Albuquerque, N.M. Tuesday’s stop was Cypress Ranch High School near Houston, Texas, while on Wednesday the tour visited Oklahoma City’s Classen School of Advanced Studies.
Thursday’s stop was Antioch High School in Nashville, Tennessee.
Danielle greets choral students at Antioch High School in Nashville, Tennessee.
The tour will conclude March 8 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., where Bradbery will perform at Festival Disney, a national competitive music festival where top school bands, instrumental and vocal ensembles compete with other schools from across the country.
Follow the tour on NAfME’s Facebook page
Learn more about Give a Note Foundation
Photos courtesy of Big Machine Label Group/Sarah Montgomery
Roz Fehr, NAfME managing editor for news, March 7, 2014. © National Association for Music Education (NAfME.org)