March 2022 marks the 37th annual Music in Our Schools Month®

Music In Our Schools Month® and MIOSM® are registered trademarks of NAFME and may not be used for fundraising or materials produced for profit

As the impact of the global pandemic continues to challenge music teachers and students, the impact of music education is evident in how its social-emotional benefits have empowered students and brought joy to their lives. communities.

In March, music teachers and music students will celebrate music education in their school communities by demonstrating how “Music: The Sound of My Heart” resonates with them. This theme continues through 2021-2022 as schools observe Music in Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®). As the impact of the global pandemic continues to challenge music teachers and students, the impact of music education is evident in how its social-emotional benefits have empowered students and brought joy to their lives. communities.

During this month-long celebration, more than 550 students from the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) 2021 National Honor Ensembles will perform in six virtual concerts, one for each Honor Ensemble: Orchestra of band, mixed choir, symphony orchestra, jazz ensemble, guitar ensemble and modern orchestra. More information will be available soon. Later this month, a virtual concert showcasing the work of the winning student composers of the 2021 NAFME Electronic Music Composition Competition will take place. Free registration will be available soon. (Virtual concerts featuring winning works by students from the 2021 Student Composers and Student Composers competitions will be presented in April and May, respectively.) All are invited to these special virtual events to celebrate the achievements of young musicians and composers from all over the country. .

Throughout March, national music education associations affiliated with NAFME will engage in advocacy activities, including hosting meetings with national and local elected officials, explaining why music education must continue to be funded and supported. . This month of advocacy for music education will culminate with a virtual MIOSM Advocacy Celebration, and all are welcome to register and attend.

NAFME recognizes March as the thirty-seventh annual month of music in our schools. Since 1985, MIOSM has been observed as an annual month-long celebration when schools and communities celebrate music in their local schools and educators who are dedicated to bringing music into the lives of students every day. This year, the NAFME Council for General Music Education provided teachers with resources to demonstrate the process of musical learning throughout the school year. The document “Music In Our Schools Month®: Process into Product” explains this new direction, which began in 2018.

Every day, in music classrooms across the United States, music teachers are dedicated to reaching all students with life-changing musical experiences. What parents, administrators, and the wider community haven’t always had a chance to observe, however, are the months of practice and rehearsals, and the learning process that takes place in the classroom. of music, whether virtual or remotely in person.

Each school year provides an opportunity for music teachers to show this process through “informances” – when students demonstrate various stages of learning – before performances at the end of this process. It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to show off their growth and learning in the music classroom and for educators to share the amazing work they do in their music programs. NAFME also celebrates music program leaders, superintendents, school boards, parents and local businesses who support their local schools’ music programs and the difference music makes in students’ lives.

NAFME encourages teachers and music education advocates to share on social media how their schools are celebrating music education, using the hashtags #MusicTheSoundOfMyHeart and #MIOSM and tagging “@NAfME”.

This year, NAFME provided MIOSM lesson plans for 30 songs, including resources from the Library of Congress, instructional goals and objectives, links to the National Core Arts Standards learned in each lesson, worksheets, etc NAFME has also provided classroom materials for MIOSM that teachers can share with their students as they celebrate how “Music: The Sound of My Heart” connects with students and communities. All of these articles are available at nafme.org/MIOSM.

Music In Our Schools Month® and MIOSM® are registered trademarks of NAFME and may not be used for fundraising or materials produced for profit.

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The National Association for Music Education, among the largest arts education organizations in the world, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAFME advocates at local, state and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents and administrators; organizes professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association has supported music teachers at all levels of education for over a century. With more than 50,000 members teaching millions of students nationwide, the organization is the national voice for music education in the United States.

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For more information, contact Catherina Hurlburt at [email protected] or 703-860-4000.

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