Music In Our Schools Month
March 1, 2021 – Alli Boyer, Adult Services
I am a band nerd. From my first experience reciting songs in the round back in elementary school, to my first concert playing the recorder in 5th grade, to my high school honors band experiences playing the tuba, I have always loved playing music, both solo and as part of an ensemble. While I was exposed to music before I started school, I never would have fallen in love with it, or mastered an instrument, without the help from my public school system, specifically my high school band director. Sure, he was strict and he pushed us to always be better, but it paid off. Our band always topped the competitions we participated in, and several members of my high school band would always get invited to participate in honors band. My favorite memory was when we got to march in a parade down Main Street at Magic Kingdom at Disney World, and also record music from Tarzan at a behind-the-scenes recording studio at Epcot. I learned a lot about my ability to adapt to new pieces of music and it gave me a lot of confidence both in the band and out in my everyday life. I can not stress enough how important the music department was in forming my identity, and I’d like to invite you to help celebrate the importance of music education in our public schools.
March is Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM), which is sponsored by the National Association for Music Education. For the past 30 years, the purpose of MIOSM has been to “raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children–and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music.” There are several ways to celebrate Music in Our Schools! The National Association for Music Education provides numerous links for lesson plan ideas for music teachers to use in their classrooms. If you have virtual students, they can participate by joining the World’s Largest Children’s Choir right from home! MIOSM has also published official graphics you can use to show your support for music education on social media, and they also encourage you to share photos of how you support music in your schools and community using the hashtags #MusicTheSoundOfMyHeart and #MIOSM.
They continue to list various other ways to celebrate throughout the month of March, including:
• Contact your local and state officials to advocate for music departments in your schools.
• Go to a nearby retirement center and invite residents to join in a sing-along.
• Share YOUR story with your students. Who inspired you? Why did you pursue music?
• Make a “Music Month” calendar and suggest that students dress for different musical eras. Play appropriate music as students arrive in the morning and at lunchtime.
• Collaborate with the art teacher and have students design posters, banners, and buttons featuring the MIOSM theme of ‘Music Changes Lives.’
• Ask students to draw their favorite musical instrument, have them design an instrument of the future, or bring in homemade instruments for “show and tell.”
Here are some titles we have here at the library you might also find interesting:
Missouri Music by Ernst Krohn
Music Class Today by David Weinstone
Sing Along and Learn: A Complete Collection of More Than 80 Learning Songs With Activities for Early Childhood Classroom by Ken Sheldon
Making Musical Instruments by Dana Meachen Rau
101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young Children by Abigail Connors
A Musical Quartet: Four Award-Winning Documentaries (DVD)
Musical Instruments: Music & Art (DVD)
Learn to Play the Drums: A Step-by-Step Guide by Simon Bridgestock
What Every Pianist Needs to Know About the Body: A Manual for Players of Keyboard Instruments: Piano, Organ, Digital Keyboard, Harpsichord, Clavichord by Thomas Mark
The Encyclopedia of Music: Instruments of the Orchestra and the Great Composers by Max Wade-Matthews
Musical Instruments Through the Ages by Alexander Buchner
Perfect Harmony: A Musical Journey with the Boys’ Choir of Harlem by Charles Smith, Jr.
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