What is Music In Our Schools 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.
Music Inspires - Three of My Favorite Videos
Below are a couple of fun videos that I've come across recently. I've added a whole page to this website devoted to videos that are fun and interesting and teach special concepts. You can access all the videos HERE (be advised, that it might take a little while to load).
Now, I live in Lansing, MI which is home to Michigan State University. There are huge ties between people at our school and MSU. Showing off something from the University of Michigan instead of MSU usually doesn't earn me any points, but the kids at my school absolutely loved this video. Before I introduced this video I showed them a video of a couple other marching bands. I wanted to get into their head the idea of what another marching band in the daylight so that they can see why this video is so cool.
I love showing this video to students and saying something like "he's just a nerdy guy but gets so inspired by the music that he can't help himself!" I talk about how music gets you tapping your toes and moving to the beat. In the same way, the music inspires this nerdy guy and he just can't help but dance. See for yourself.
This video is one that an orchestra student of mine brought to me. It's a fun video themed in the wild west and shows off the rivalry between an electric guitar player and an electric violin player. I like to talk about sound waves (that you can see in the video) and bring about a discussion about how the music is helping them win their battle/inspiring them to move. Most of all, I like showing this video because it makes the violin more contemporary and fun for all students.
Here's one more fabulous and FREE resource that you can use for Music In Our Schools month that is not video related: a Facebook Timeline Banner! I made these FREE Facebook banners to decorate your Facebook page for March. Show off how much YOU care about music education in our schools! Get the banners free HERE.
Music in our Schools Month goes all through March and I have a lot of ideas about how to keep your students interested and involve your whole school in the fun. Check back to the blog later this month and follow on the Facebook page to make sure that you're getting all the updates and ideas that I have to share.