Voices from Around the Globe Will Sing Along with the World’s Largest Concert on March 13, 2008
Popular Event Sponsored by MENC: The National Association for Music Education Raises Awareness of the Importance of School Music
RESTON, VA (October 3, 2007) — MENC: The National Association for Music Education will once again produce the World’s Largest Concert® in March 2008. The World’s Largest Concert (WLC®) has been the highlight of Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®) since 1985, with one break in 2007 during which time MENC focused on events commemorating the association’s founding in 1907. As a sing-along concert that linked students around the world through music, the WLC reached an estimated 6 million students, teachers, and music supporters in recent years.
“Thank you to all of the dedicated teachers and state leaders who voiced their desire to see the return of the World’s Largest Concert,” said MENC President Lynn Brinckmeyer. “Once again, in March 2008, MENC members and their students will have the unique opportunity to participate in music-making with other students across the nation and around the world.”
The Hal Leonard Corporation of Milwaukee, WI, will provide the vocal and piano accompaniment sheet music for use with the concert. “Music has an extraordinary power to make us feel joy, courage, energy, and even sadness, but what’s even better is that music has the power to bring people together,” said Emily Crocker, vice president of choral publications for Hal Leonard. “Hal Leonard supports teachers, students, and music education, and we are honored to be part of MENC’s World’s Largest Concert.”
The 2008 WLC will not be televised on broadcast channels in 2008, though some local access channels may carry the show. A DVD of the concert, featuring video recordings of school ensembles from around the world, will be available for purchase from MENC. Teachers are encouraged to play the WLC DVD at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, March 13, 2008, and to invite the rest of their school and members of their communities to attend and sing along.
The concert program (not in final order) is: “The Star Spangled Banner,” “Spirit of America,” “This Little Light of Mine,” “Hallelujah, Get on Board,” “There’s a Song in Me,” “Fanga Alafia,” “Music Rocks!” and “Hala lala layya.” The school ensembles featured in the concert will be announced in January 2008.
A free 2008 Teacher’s Guide, including the WLC vocal and piano music, lesson plans, activities, and more will be available online at www.menc.org/wlc. Sibelius Music, USA is assisting MENC by providing the music free of charge at www.sibeliusmusic.com/menc.
MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the world’s largest arts education organization, marks its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. More than 130,000 members represent all levels of teaching from preschool to graduate school. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.