ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — February 26, 2010 — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) will join schools around the country in the observation of March as Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM).
Music in Our Schools Month began as a single statewide celebration in 1973, and has grown over the decades to become a month long celebration of music in our schools. March has been officially designated by The National Association for Music Education (MENC) as the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation.
The purpose of MIOSM is 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. MIOSM is an opportunity for music teachers to bring their music programs to the attention of the school and the community and to display the benefits school music brings to students of all ages. (Source: MENC)
The celebration continues to grow each year, reaching more and more students, teachers, musicians, and music supporters. Schools and communities throughout the country and overseas celebrate MIOSM with concerts and activities on the year's theme. Classrooms, concert halls, civic buildings, clubs, parks, libraries, and shopping malls are just some of the arenas in which the public can observe the processes and results of music education.
"Music! Just Imagine" is the official theme for Music in Our Schools Month 2010. Many DoDEA Schools around the world will participate in the celebration and sponsor local events.
For more information on DoDEA Music Programs, contact Mr. Eric Measells, Fine Arts Coordinator, who may be reached by email or phone (703-588-3115).
For more information, visit the Music in Our Schools Website at: http://www.menc.org/events/view/music-in-our-schools-month
For more information about your school's involvement, contact:
Local school principals
Local school music teachers
The National Association for Music Education, the world's largest arts education organization, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education.