“If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.”
- J.M. Barrie
Led by the National Association for Music Education, “Music In Our Schools Month” is an annual celebration during March, which engages music educators, students, and communities around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools.
“Music . . . can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable.”
- Leonard Bernstein
“Music In Our Schools Month” began as a single statewide Advocacy Day and celebration in New York in 1973 and has grown to become a month-long celebration of school music beginning in 1985.
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
In “A History of the New York School Music Association 1932-1975”, Willard Musser wrote, “Nowadays new music teaching techniques and concepts are available or being used to educate every child in the [educational] system. The demonstration and exposure of these techniques is one of the important aspects of the “Music In Our Schools” Project. It . . . points out the need for very specially trained music teachers.”
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”
- Victor Hugo
Music teachers celebrate “Music In Our Schools Month” 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 and to display the positive benefits that school music brings to students of all ages.
“Music is the universal language of all mankind."
– H. W. Longfellow
In the coming weeks, we will be talking to local music educators about the importance of music in our schools.
Written by Janice Furtner