Celebrating 30 Years of Music In Our Schools: 60 Teachers, 23 States, One Amazing Concert

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the National Association for Music Education’s Music In Our Schools Month®. People around the country are joining in the celebration.

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2015 Marks the 30th Anniversary of Music In Our Schools Month®

Music In Our Schools Month® is a coming-together of musical celebrations nationwide for the express purpose of recognizing how music education can orchestrate success for every student.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®) http://www.nafme.org/miosm. People around the country are joining in the celebration. Every year, MIOSM is commemorated in March to highlight the critical importance music education serves in every student’s education, and the amazing role music teachers serve in preparing our nation’s next leaders and innovators.

The “Music Makes Me __________!” theme encourages teachers, students, and supporters alike to raise awareness of the benefits of learning music, and the ways that music can empower and enrich lives.

Bus Tour: From March 7-14, during week-long bus tour, powered by Radio Disney, Valory Music Co. singer/songwriter RaeLynn will visit five schools where student ensembles will perform her song “Always Sing.” A highlight at each location will be a special private concert by RaeLynn. Give a Note Foundation, in partnership with the National Association for Music Education, selected each school to be honored as part of the Music In Our Schools tour for their music programs’ outstanding achievements and recognizing the important role music education plays in their students’ daily curriculum.

The Concert for Music In Our Schools Month: In an innovative online concept for the annual Concert for Music In Our Schools Month®, student video performances from across the U.S. and Europe well be featured on the NAfME website throughout March. All music students, educators, parents, and supporters are encouraged to view these videos in celebration of the importance of school music programs. The Concert for MIOSM (formerly known as the World’s Largest Concert) features songs appropriate for K–12 students.

“Always Sing” is the newest addition to the Concert. Recording artist RaeLynn debuted “Always Sing,” a song she wrote with Nicolle Gaylon and Jimmy Robbins, at the 2014 National In-Service Conference. It’s an exciting tune that embodies the spirit of music education.

Student performances can be viewed http://www.nafme.org/programs/miosm/the-concert-for-music-in-our-schools-month/ from March 1 through March 31. The school video that receives the most views between March 1 and March 31, 2015, will win the Presonus Music Creation Software Suite.

“Music In Our Schools Month® is more than just a singular event,” says Michael A. Butera, NAfME’s Executive Director and CEO. “It is a coming-together of musical celebrations nationwide for the express purpose of recognizing how music education can orchestrate success for every student, teacher, parent, and person in our country.

“We thank Hal Leonard Corporation for their continued support of the Concert for Music In Our Schools Month®, for which they provided the sheet music and audio tracks for the 2015 program,” added Butera, “and PreSonus for providing a school recording package to the school whose video receives the most online views.”

Listed below are the teachers, schools, and hometowns of the performing ensembles featured in the Concert for Music In Our Schools Month®:

Carson    Zac    Westwind Elementary School    Phoenix    AZ
English    Teddi    Westwind Elementary School    Phoenix    AZ
Burns    Bernadette    Valley Charter High School    Modesto    CA
Smith    Jacqueline    Riverside Preparatory School    Oro Grande    CA
Hardy    Ellen    Green's Farms Elementary School    Westport    CT
Propp    Suzanne    Green's Farms Elementary School    Westport    CT
Brooke    Carrie    North Broward Preparatory School    Coconut Creek    FL
Gonzalez    Vivian    South Miami K-8 Center    Miami    FL
Guarino    Barbara    Escambia Westgate School    Pensacola    FL
Veglia    Francesca    Emma E. Booker Elementary School    Sarasota    FL
Howard    Harriet    West Laurens Middle School    Dublin    GA
Norris    Marianne    East Laurens Primary School    Dublin    GA
Royal    Gina    Ben Hill County Schools    Fitzgerald    GA
Williams    Lisa    Aukamm Elementary School    Wiesbaden    Germany
Tsuji    Jenifer    Mountain View Elementary School    Hilo    HI
Burnworth    Belinda    Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School    Belleville    IL
Ryan    Elena    Attea Middle School    Glenview    IL
Goss    Lisa    Jeremiah Gray-Edison Elementary School    Indianapolis    IN
Hernandez    Virginia    O'Bannon Elementary School    Hammond    IN
Korfhage    Jennifer    Thomas Jefferson Elementary School    Jeffersonville    IN
Loos    Kristin    Ridge View Elementary School    Hobart    IN
Pietranczyk    Kim    Jeremiah Gray-Edison Elementary School    Indianpolis    IN
Barkley    Janet    Holy Name School    Henderson    KY
Owens    Ellen    Lloyd McGuffey Sixth Grade Center    Stanford    KY
Prizzi    Ann    Loch Raven Academy    Baltimore    MD
McCarthy    Heidi    Carrie Ricker Elementary School    Litchfield    ME
Moore-Young    Sam    Carrie Ricker Elementary School    Litchfield    ME
Wilson    Tamika    Oakside Scholars Charter Academy    Waterford    MI
Bird    Caitlin    Cooper County R-IV    Bunceton    MO
Johnson    Sarah    Pleasant Garden Elementary School    Pleasant Garden    NC
Mangum    Angela    Tar River Elementary School    Franklinton    NC
Nesbitt    Eleanor    Alderman Elementary School    Greensboro    NC
Richardson    Karen    Montessori Community School    Durham    NC
Rogers    Lucy Beth    Walkertown Elementary School    Walkertown    NC
Tompkins    Christine    Endeavor Charter School    Raleigh    NC
Williams    Sonja    Jacksonville Commons Middle School    Jacksonville    NC
Gunter    Matthew    Yutan High School    Yutan    NE
St. Martin    Jennie    The Whitefield School    Whitefield    NH
Stout    Belinda    Richards School    Newport    NH
Stout    Belinda    Towle School    Newport    NH
Gross    Bryan    Zane North Elementary School    Collingswood    NJ
Gross    Bryan    Thomas Sharp Elementary School    Collingswood    NJ
Piombo    Suzanne    Lenox Elementary School    Pompton Lakes    NJ
Tranz    Doug    Walter Hill School    Swedesboro    NJ
DiMartino    Karen    East Sayville High School    West Sayville    NY
Edwards    Twyla    Rome Free Academy    Rome     NY
Greco-Gaham    Hope    Mexico High School    Mexico    NY
Kramer    Ari    East Sayville High School    West Sayville    NY
McClimans    Rob    Harlem Village Academies    New York    NY
Ou-Yung    Megan    Harlem Village Academies    New York    NY
Lewis    Beth    Oswayo Valley Elementary School    Shinglehouse    PA
Smeck    Doreen    Octorara Intermediate School    Atglen    PA
Leone    Piera    Blackstone Valley Prep Academy    Cumberland    RI
Burns    Barbara    Carolina Springs Elementary School    Lexington    SC
Headrick    David    Carolina Springs Elementary School    Lexington    SC
Lindsay    Debra    Alexandria City Elementary Honor Chorus    Alexandria    VA
Deming    Pat    Grass Lake Elementary School    Kent    WA
Johnson    Sharon    Grass Lake Elementary School    Kent    WA
Schneider    Leslie    Valley View Elementary School    Ellensburg    WA

National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 130,000 members, the organization is the voice of music education in the United States.

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For additional information, contact Catherina Hurlburt at catherinah(at)nafme(dot)org or 703-860-4000, ext. 242.

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