Music in our schools is something to be celebrated every day, but March is a special month for music education in our country because it is officially Music in Our Schools Month! Or #MIOSM as you may be seeing on social media. As people involved in the world of music education, we have a special opportunity to show why music is such an important part of our lives. It is more than what we do; it is a part of who we are, and our love of music continues to grow and challenge us in new ways every day. We’re halfway through March, but there is still time to let the world know why music education is important in your life. So this week, we’re offering you 4 ways YOU can make the most of #MIOSM!
- Tell your story.
How has music affected your life? What made you decide to pursue a career in music education? What keeps you going when teaching music gets tough? Take some time to reflect on how and why you got to where you, and share it with your students. They may not always want to listen to corrections or sit up straight in their chairs, but if you can help them understand how their music education classes can impact their future, they may be more inclined to listen. Your story is important. Music in our schools is important. So tell your students how those ideas are connected!
- Donate to a music education foundation like Give-A-Note.
For those who want to keep music in our schools, donating to Give-A-Note is a great way to show your support. Give-A-Note uses donations to provide grants for schools who need money to keep music programs in their schools. Since its founding in 2011, this organization has donated more than 1.2 million dollars to support music education. Be a part of keeping music in schools that don’t have the money to do it themselves. Every child deserves access to music, and donating to Give-A-Note is a fantastic way to assure that this happens.
- Share what you’re doing on social media.
The best way to show others what music means to you is to SHARE it! Get your students involved in this. Let’s be honest… they probably are more connected to social media than most teachers. If you have a fundraiser, promote it on every social media site you can. If you have a concert coming up, share rehearsal clips, pictures from costume fittings, and other behind-the-scenes goodies. There are a lot of people who love music performances, but they don’t ever get to see what goes on before the curtain goes up. Share it with them! Let everyone be a part of the performance experience.
If you’ve dedicated your life to music and music education, there is obviously something about music that has stuck with you during your life. Celebrate it! Take time to notice the little ways that music brightens your day. Whether it’s seeing a light bulb go off for a struggling student or one of your favorite songs playing on your drive home, be grateful that you have an opportunity to be involved in something that changes lives.
Test scores have proved it. Students’ grades have reflected it. The world is a better place because of it. Music in our schools holds more importance than can possibly be expressed. How are you going to make the most of #MIOSM?