MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH
Sarah Bush Randolph, Illinois MIOSM Chairperson
Lockport School District 91
The New Direction of MIOSM
Starting this year, NAfME and the Council for General Music Education are expanding Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM™) to October and March! Learn about this new format that focuses on 1st grade and features sheet music, lesson plans, and samples of informance programs where students can teach their parents and community members.
New Year, New Theme
Share how All Music. All People. resonates with you, your students, your school and your community as we celebrate the 34th annual Music In Our Schools Month®.
Resources to help you celebrate MIOSM
Advocacy for music education takes place on many fronts, and advocates need to learn to speak to different audiences, each of whom has a key contribution to make. Now’s the 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! Visit the NAfME website for more information!
What is Music in Our School's Month (MIOSM)?
Music in Our Schools Month or MIOSM is NAfME's annual celebration during March which engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high-quality music education programs in schools.
Music in Our Schools Month began as a single statewide Advocacy Day and celebration in New York in 1973 and grew over the decades to become a month-long celebration of school music in 1985.
How can I get involved in Music in Our Schools Month?
Music teachers celebrate MIOSM in many ways by offering special performances, lessons, sing-alongs and activities to bring their music programs to the attention of administrators, parents, colleagues, and communities to display the positive benefits that school music brings to students of all ages.
NAfME provides many special resources for teachers and schools to use in their concerts, lessons and advocacy events that highlight the importance of school music.
You can work with your local school board and ask them to adopt the Music in Our Schools Month Resolution - Click Here for a blank resolution to get started!
How are you using Music to Inspire your students and community?
March 2017 with be the 32nd Annual National Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM). This year’s theme is “Music Inspires.” NAfME is changing from the traditional World’s Largest Concert, and is instead encouraging teachers and students to share how Music Inspires them by posting photos and videos of their music making and classroom celebrations on social media, using the hashtags #MIOSM and #MusicInspires. Let’s have Illinois LEAD THE NATION in posting the great things we are doing in music for our students and communities!
Through NAfME’s newest partnership with American Young Voices, they are also offering a free song to educators, which includes the score, full vocal track, accompaniment track, lesson plan with conductor’s notes, teaching aims and objectives which align with the National Music Standards.
Additionally, NAfME is encouraging those celebrating MIOSM to change their profile picture for the month of March. They have provided downloads of the MIOSM logo which are pre-sized for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For educators who have performances during March, there is also a MIOSM concert insert available on the NAfME website. Finally, there is a compilation page of additional ideas for celebrating MIOSM, including classroom ideas from NAfME members.
See how other schools are celebrating Music in Our Schools Month!