Led by their music teachers, students of all ages from California to South Dakota to Brussels, Belgium, want you to view their videos, in celebration of Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®). The forty creative videos were produced by members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Click on a song title to view videos for each song in the Concert for Music In Our Schools Month® and invite others to view the videos as well.
The school video receiving the most views by March 31 will receive an AudioBox Stereo Recording Kit and training on how to use the product and software, generously provided by PreSonus.
Information about The Concert for Music In Our Schools Month on the NAfME website includes sheet music and audio tracks for use by NAfME members during March 2014! NAfME sponsor, Hal Leonard, has generously provided these excellent resources for NAfME members to use in lessons, concerts, or any way that will promote the importance of quality school music programs to administrators, parents, community members, and local decision makers.
The songs for the 2014 concert are:
- “America, Of Thee I Sing”
- “Explore, Dream, Discover”
- “Shake Them ‘Simmons Down”
- “The Best In Me”
- “The Star-Spangled Banner”
- “Una Sola Voz”
NAfME designated March for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM®). It is the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. MIOSM began as a single statewide celebration in 1973, and has grown over the decades to encompass a day, then a week, and then in 1985 to become a month long celebration of school music.
The Concert for Music In Our Schools Month is part of NAfME’s nationwide initiative each March. Music programs nationwide are in danger. State and local legislators are attempting to make up for funding shortfalls in this difficult economy by cutting education budgets, which can place school music at risk.
Music In Our Schools Month – March 2014 – is a perfect time to get involved and do your part to ensure that America’s students have access to a comprehensive, sequential music education taught by exemplary music educators!
In addition to voting, music teachers are encouraged to plan their own Music In Our Schools Month. Activities can include a classroom celebration or lesson, a school-wide sing-along, a community concert, or any number of celebrations.
Also teachers who participate in the contest can request an MIOSM Participation Certificate.
Roz Fehr, NAfME managing editor for news, February 28, 2014. © National Association for Music Education (NAfME.org)