March is Music In Our Schools Month!

Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM)

What is Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM™)?

For more than 30 years, March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month®, 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 that school music brings to students of all ages.

MIOSM and the events surrounding it are the ideal opportunities for increasing awareness of the benefits of high quality music education programs in our nation’s schools. NAfME hopes that teachers, students, and music supporters alike will find ways to join in on the celebration through creative activities and advocacy.

To learn more about the National Association for Music Education and MIOSM, click here.

Music In Our Schools is...for administrators, parents, and the community, to call attention to music education and what music teachers are doing. It’s our chance to make them realize that our subject area is important and a basic part of the school curriculum.
— Judith F. Melillo, Music Educators National Conference 1984 National Chair for Music Education Week

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Albany Symphony Education & Community Engagement

Programs for Children & Schools

The Adopt-a-School program is the Albany Symphony's flagship education program that helps to introduce students in area elementary schools to the world of classical music and the instruments of the orchestra by bringing the musicians and their instruments to the classroom. At each visit students explore science, math, language arts, and musical concepts by learning about each instrument. This 2018-2019 season includes:

Albany School of Humanities, Albany Community Charter School, Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology, Delaware Community School, North Albany Academy, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy, Eagle Point Elementary School, Montessori Magnet School, Sheridan Preparatory Academy, Pine Hills Elementary School, Giffen Memorial Elementary School, and Arbor Hill Elementary School.

School 2, School 14, School 16, School 18, and Carol Hill Elementary School

Every year the Albany Symphony invites one composer-educator to work with local music students in the Capital Region. Over the course of multiple working visits, our resident composers work in local schools to guide students through the process of creating original music. Final projects created in collaboration with Albany Symphony's composer-educators are incorporated into the official schedule of the Symphony’s American Music Festival. Starting this March, Angélica Negrón is our 2019-2020 composer-educator-in-residence!


upcoming events during the month of march:


Symphonic Superheroes
Sunday, March 17 at 3:00pm
Palace Theatre

Uncover your secret superpower with the Albany Symphony’s team of musical heroes! David Alan Miller needs your special power to help the Albany Symphony on an adventure through the greatest melodies in the galaxy! Featuring super selections from Pictures at an Exhibition, Bolero, & more! CAPES & COSTUMES WELCOME!

monday music
Monday, march 18 at 10:30am
Palace theatre

Monday Music for Schools is a fun-filled hour-long concert that engages young listeners in learning about music and the symphony orchestra. Great for field trips! This program is specifically geared toward elementary school students. Since Monday Music is organized as a school program, teachers are able to work with students both before and after the concert to maximize the educational value of the experience. 

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