What: Music starts out simply, usually by learning to sing the “ABCs” or the “Wheels on the Bus.” As a child grows, music becomes an important part of the learning process. They sing, they dance and even learn to play instruments. Music and musical education are an integral part of a student’s education, providing them with invaluable tools. This March, celebrate the value of a musical education during Music in Our Schools Month.
Background: Music In Our Schools Month began in 1973 as a single statewide celebration. Over the years, it has grown to be a national celebration. The purpose is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for children, and it is celebrated by music teachers, school faculty, parents and students alike.
Story Pitch: A number of groups and organizations can promote music education throughout the month of March. Music teachers in elementary and high schools will want to promote music education by encouraging students to get involved by playing in the band or singing in the choir. In addition, musical instrument producers and retailers may note the importance of a musical education. They can encourage students to come in and test out their instruments, while promoting new deals and merchandise. Local choirs and voice groups may want to also encourage children to come out and audition. Area voice or instrumental teachers can take this time to offer deals for lessons to children wanting to further their musical education. Meanwhile, schools and colleges for the musically inclined will want to promote their programs.
Story Hook: According to the National Association for Music Education, schools that have music programs have significantly higher graduation rates than those without music programs. Additionally, schools with music programs have higher attendance rates. Consider the following when you make your pitch:
- How can educators encourage students to become involved in musical education?
- In what ways can parents participate in their children’s education, urging them to incorporate music?
- How should parents incorporate music into their home lives?
- In what way does music benefit children?
Tips: A long-time music teacher can provide great insight on how music influences a student’s education. In addition, parents who have used music as a learning tool and have seen its impact would be a knowledgeable resource.
Music Teachers National Association
National Association for Music Education
National Education Association
–Researched, compiled & written by Kimberly Cooper
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