Music In Our Schools Month® or “MIOSM®” is NAfME’s annual celebration during March which engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools.
Music In Our Schools Month began as a single statewide Advocacy Day and celebration in New York in 1973 and grew over the decades to become a month-long celebration of school music in 1985.
How can I get involved in Music In Our Schools Month?
Music teachers celebrate MIOSM in many ways by offering special performances, lessons, sing-alongs and activities to bring their music programs to the attention of administrators, parents, colleagues, and communities to display the positive benefits that school music brings to students of all ages.
NAfME provides many special resources for teachers and schools to use in their concerts, lessons, and advocacy events that highlight the importance of school music, including –
- Download the MIOSM Repertoire provided by Quaver Music. Quaver Music has provided 5 free songs to NAfME members for use during the month of March, relating to the Music Connects Us theme!
- Participate in the Biggest School Chorus in the World! NAfME and American Young Voices believe passionately in inspiring the next generation to find their love for music — and we invite YOU to join us! Get sheet music, audio tracks, and more. Register for the concerts and teacher workshops.
- Create a performance video of your students singing concert songs for the NAfME website during March and tag us on social media @NAfME.
- The National Association for Music Education provides the MIOSM theme for the year.
- Special MIOSM awareness items such as T-shirts, posters, buttons, and other items useful in the music classroom.
- Request MIOSM Participation Certificate.
- Share Your Story about how music education, or a special music educator impacted your life.
NAfME hopes that teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community supporters of music will join the celebration of Music In Our Schools Month through the above-listed events and activities and by creating events of their own.