Activities for Music in Our Schools MonthThese suggestions were contributed by MENC (now NAfME) members from around the United States.
- Make a "Music Month" calendar.
- Play appropriate music as students arrive in the morning and at lunch time.
- Suggest students dress for different eras of music.
- Sponsor a poster or poetry contest. Posters and poems should support music in our schools and revolve around the current year's theme. These can be judged by individuals from outside the school.
- Ask students to draw their favorite musical instrument. A variation might be to have students design an instrument of the future.
- Bring in homemade instruments for "show and tell."
- Include a "musical touch" in the morning announcements. For example, have a mystery tune each day or a trivia question about music, with MIOSM prizes for the winner.
- Have students list ways in which music is a part of their everyday lives. Have them compare lists with friends and family members.
- Take a field trip during MIOSM to hear a local college group, community chorus, or orchestra, or invite such a group to perform at your school.
- Present faculty members with MIOSM buttons and ask that they wear them every day during March.
- Take advantage of MIOSM events and the WLC to teach students about concert etiquette.
- Present students with lapel stickers to wear during the WLC broadcast.
- Have a talent show emphasizing music. For example, tell a story, a joke, or read a poem about music. Be sure to also include traditional acts of singing, playing instruments, etc. Invite the parents. Choose a winning act from each class and hold a winners' assembly.
- Collaborate with the art teacher and have students design posters, banners, and buttons featuring the MIOSM theme.
- Collaborate with your school's history or social studies departments to create special cross-curricular activities based upon the theme of the concert or the pieces being performed.
- Plan an all-school sing.
- Invite teachers in your school to sing along with the WLC. Better yet, create a teacher chorus to perform at an MIOSM concert. Teacher instrumental ensembles would be great, too.
- Take the WLC activities to a local senior center or hospital and invite everyone to participate in the sing-along.
- Invite local TriM students or collegiate MENC members to participate in your MIOSM plans through performing, teaching, games, and discussions.
- Ask students to cut pictures of music and musicians out of magazines and create a musical collage to hang in your classroom(s).
- Ask the lunchroom to rename lunch items with musical themes. Examples: Polka Potatoes, Harmonic Ham Sandwiches, Fruit Cup Forte, Piccolo Pizza, etc. Students will enjoy coming up with these fun names.
- Place music education messages on local marquees.
- Ask the local radio station if your group can record PSAs for the WLC.
|Provided in partnership with NAfME|
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