MARCH IS MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH

MARCH IS MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH

 

I just love March! Not only is March music in our schools month. It’s my birthday month, it’s my first born child’s birthday month, my grandson and grand daughters birthday too. So there’s a lot of reasons to celebrate along with Music in our School’s Month (MIOSM).

If you’ve read my other blog posts about March is music in our schools month, then you know about these FREEBIES, but there’s MORE! I’ve come up with some fun ideas on how to make MIOSM special in your school. And- I’ve got TONS of FREE RESOURCES for YOU so don’t leave yet–

KEEP ON READING!

IDEA 1: MARKET MIOSM

Print and Post posters and printables everywhere!  Use this FREEBIE MUSIC GRAPHIC FOR T-SHIRTS It’s CLIP ART and you can put it on any color paper that you like, or a t-shirt, mug-anything!
MIOSM POSTER FREEBIE

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MARCH IS MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH *POSTERS *WRITING PRIN

 

 

 

 

 

 

Publicity is a key factor in making everyone aware of the celebration. So I’m going to use the posters in our school newsletter, on the walls, bulletin boards and I can use the jpegs from the powerpoint on  FACEBOOK, PINTEREST, INSTAGRAM and other Social Media sites. This product comes with cards too!

These are fun bookmarks from my friend Jennifer over at Music Educator Resources you can make for your students. BOOKMARK FREEBIE

MIOSM Music Makes Me... Bookmarks

IDEA 2: Teach and Discuss why Music in our Schools is so important. 

 I teach my Instrument and Multicultural Music unit in March-April. As I teach students my St. Patrick’s Day Game Song and listen to sound files, look at pictures and play Instrument recognition games, I’ll be pointing out that these are the reasons they might like Music in their school.
All of these lesson ideas are in this visual and informative blog post:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
My student SING, DANCE, PLAY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, which helps them musically, socially and academically.
 
I use this song and lesson “St. Patrick was a Gentleman”. ST. PATRICK WAS A GENTLEMAN- Sing Play Create Lesson– history-dance steps and simple arrangement of the song for you to use in class.
 
Then, I’ll have my students write an essay or their ideas down about why music is important. You could hold an essay contest, poster contest.  My Kinders, First and 2nd Graders will use the Primary Printable and write a few sentences about why they like Music in their school.
 

Here’s a FREE ST. PATRICK’S DAY PLAYLIST WITH INSTRUMENTS, MUSIC AND CULTURE VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE. All you need to do is to SUBSCRIBE to the FREE RESOURCE LIBRARY to gain ACCESS to all of the Free Resources I’ve created to help you and me teach music.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 IDEA 3: Composition and/or Song Writing Activities or Contests
 

Why not have students compose a short RHYTHMIC or MELODIC phrase and post them on a bulletin board, wall or use them as practice for your other classes? You could put them all in a pile and let students choose one to play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IDEA 4: Bulletin Board Decor


Here are some of my favorite bulletin boards I’ve noticed on pinterest and in other blogs. Hopefully they’ll inspire your creativity!
I like this one because it’s just the big letters and then the teacher had student write notes about Music.

I like the simplicity of this one and the “active” words. I can see student work on it along with the pictures.

Here’s one anyone can make! LINK
http://confessionsofamusicteacher.blogspot.com/2013/03/happy-music-in-our-schools-month.html


This one caught my eye because it’s a FREEBIE and it’s UNIQUE!LINK
FREEBIE - Happy Music in our Schools Month Monster Poster - MIOSM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or this lovely Bulletin board idea from my friend Ginny over at Ginny’s Music Space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IDEA 5: Hold special performances during the month to highlight MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS.

I love the idea of scheduling some informal performances for students to showcase their musical skills.You might try having just one week of special performances or maybe doing some on a special day or on one day of the week. I know that when I’ve had students perform in the main hallway that everyone is very quiet and they really enjoy hearing the music before school starts. If you’re really gung ho, you could have a whole assembly to celebrate MIOSM.


Because I’m a performer too- I’ve composed 3 songs for MIOSM.  All three songs are acapella and easily adapted to any grade level. You can even use them as a chant with some percussion instruments. Here’s a sample of the three songs. You’ll find them at the Teachers Pay Teachers- Sing Play Create Store.

FREE SONGS FOR MIOSM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s hoping you’ll share these ideas to celebrate and promote March is music month in our schools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And if you are looking for MORE MIOSM IDEAS- Here are the three blog articles that have more details and ideas for you to celebrate Music in our schools month and pass the word that music connects us all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIOSM MUSIC CLASS ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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