Music Programs Nationwide Take Center Stage during March, Music In Our Schools Month®

Annual Celebration is Sponsored by National Association for Music Education

RESTON, VA  (February 15, 2013) –The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) leads the nation in spotlighting the importance of music education year round,  but especially during the annual celebration of Music In Our Schools Month®. This March, 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.”


Share Your Story
An exciting social media initiative, “Share Your Story,” is already under way. “NAfME wants to hear from people whose lives have been positively affected by music,” said Executive Director and CEO Michael A. Butera. “We are collecting ‘stories’ — any kind of personal testimony — from teachers, students, and parents about why music education is important. We are posting these on our advocacy blog and on a special page on our website. We will use these stories when we visit Capitol Hill later this year to make our case for protecting music in school. The more we can collect from constituents, the better positioned we will be to garner support in Congress for our legislative agenda, which includes supporting the arts as a core subject in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.”

Share Your Story and read others:

The Concert for Music In Our Schools Month
Music students will shine online in the annual Concert for Music In Our Schools Month. This free resource brings students, teachers, and schools from around the world together as they sing the Concert songs in March. The Concert for MIOSM (formerly known as the World’s Largest Concert) features songs appropriate for K–12 students. The program is:

  • “Alleluia! Jubilate!”
  • “Cripple Creek”
  • “Peace Drum Song”
  • “The Power of Music”
  • “The Star-Spangled Banner”
  • “Why We Sing.”


Featured videos of school performances from around the country are available to all NAfME members on the NAfME website without charge.  Since September 2012, NAfME members have been preparing to sing one or more of the Concert songs with their students, schools, and communities during March. “We thank Hal Leonard Corp. for their continued support of The Concert for Music In Our Schools Month by providing the sheet music and audio tracks for the 2013 program,” said Butera.

Listed below are the teachers, schools, and locations of the performing ensembles featured in the Concert for MIOSM.


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
Caren McErlain   Five Forks Middle School   Lawrenceville, GA
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
Jeanne Maletsky   Lakeside Middle School   Pompton Lakes, 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


Concert songs and more information:


Shopping Malls Celebrate and Support School Music
General Growth Properties, a company that owns and manages shopping malls nationwide, will support school music programs by hosting student performances at select malls during MIOSM. At the end of March, each mall will select one school ensemble to receive a $500 grant. The locations are

  • Four Seasons Town Centre, Greensboro, NC
  • Fox River Mall, Appleton, WI
  • Glenbrook Square, Fort Wayne, IN
  • Lakeside Mall, Sterling Heights, MI
  • Lynnhaven Mall, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Mall St. Matthews, Louisville, KY

More Programs and Activities
NAfME celebrates MIOSM with additional activities including radio public service announcements, advocacy webinars, specialty items, fundraising initiatives for the Give a Note Foundation, and even a U.S. flag flying over the national Capitol building during March. The NAfME website has more information, including ideas for teachers and parents to promote music programs through the media.

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