Music Teachers Share World's Largest Concert Experiences

An important advocacy event in Music In Our Schools Month® each March, the World’s Largest Concert® is a great way for music teachers to showcase their music programs in their communities. It can also raise awareness of the importance of a high-quality music education program for all children.

Although many teachers will have students perform the World’s Largest Concert® (WLC®) throughout the month of March for Music In Our Schools Month®, MENC received comments from teachers who performed the concert on March 10, the official WLC day. Here are some of them:

Quin Thornburg and Robin Hervey
Wood Canyon Elementary School
Aliso Viejo, California
“We organized a WLC Festival Choir from many of the 36 elementary schools in Capistrano Unified School District.  Six evening rehearsals were scheduled to prepare for the concert. We invited parents, principals, friends, and teachers to our concert in the Performing Arts Center at Wood Canyon School.

The students were from several communities:  Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, San Clemente, Mission Viejo, and San Juan Capistrano.  Over 200 people were in the audience.  We shared the DVD at the same time we performed our concert.”

Alice La Placa
Moton Elementary School
Brooksville, Florida
Hernando County School System

“For the World’s Largest Concert, my small choral group traveled across [Hernando] county to enjoy singing with several large middle school groups. Richard Gomez, music director at Challenger K–8 School of Science and Mathematics in Spring Hill, Florida, coordinated the event.”

Alice LaPlaca’s music students joined other schools to perform The World’s Largest Concert on March 10.

J. Justin Harper
James Love Elementary and Jefferson Elementary
Cleveland County Schools, Shelby, North Carolina

“We had a convocation to show the DVD the second graders who participated [on March 10].
The local newspaper took pictures and asked me some questions. I told my second graders, ‘Now that you’re famous, you have to deal with the press.’
They were excited to have their picture taken as they sang and participated in watching themselves and other schools during WLC.  It was a pleasure to show them how their hard work paid off. The concert was success.”

Did you participate in the WLC? Register your school and receive a participation certificate.

If you have comments about your WLC participation email Roz Fehr, MENC managing editor for news.

World’s Largest Concert

Music In Our Schools Month

WLC News Story
Roz Fehr, March 17, 2011. © MENC: The National Association for Music Education


Photo courtesy of Alice LaPlaca