For the first time since 1999, NAfME members report that their December concerts are more often called a ‘winter’ concert (43.4%) than a ‘Christmas’ concert (24%).’ Holiday’ concert came in a close third at 21%.
In the December NAfME Poll of the Month, members also reported on scheduling issues that prevent them from even holding concerts in December and on the types of challenges they face when programming December concerts.
For example, most respondents indicated they’ve had challenges from parents (59.6%) and students (32.5%), mostly over faith issues (51.8%), and these challenges have occurred more in the past (43.5%) than this current school year (19.9%).
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Music In Holiday Concerts Thorny Subject For Public Schools (short NPR radio story)
Sue Rarus, January 5, 2012 © National Association for Music Education