Since 1973 NAfME (the National Association for Music Education), has been demonstrating the impact that music makes in schools and for young people around the nation. The first recognized celebration was one day in length and called Music in Our Schools Day, MIOSD held in New York. Performances were on stage and in lobbies throughout the Lincoln Center in New York City. The main goal was to increase advocacy efforts through media and education to spread the importance of music in our schools.
In the 1980s with increased advocacy efforts, what began as a one-day event expanded into a one-month long celebration of music in our schools, including the popular "World's Largest Concert (WLC)" which encompassed a specific repertoire of musical literature provided by MENC. The WLC was rehearsed by music students and educators throughout the country and then the literature was performed at the same time throughout the nation, thus naming it the World's Largest Concert.
Now, the celebration lasts for one month and throughout the country young people of this nation participate in various events to promote and call attention to music programs. Such celebrations include all-country choirs, all-county Orff ensembles, writing to local media platforms about the importance of music education, school sing-along with all teachers and students, performing at local festivals, retirement centers, malls, writing letters to famous musicians, composers, etc., informances which are educational performances that happen inside the classroom, writing to elected officials sharing how music impacts lives, that's just stating a few!
Share how you got started in music - submit the story that inspired your musical pursuits. Each submission will be entered into a weekly random drawing to win a $25 West Music gift card - just for sharing your musical journey story!
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West Music invites you to participate in this month long event of advocating education and cultivating community. Here's some ideas to get you started.