Activities for Music in Our Schools Month

These suggestions were contributed by MENC members from around the United States.


  • Middle school students in Little Hocking, Ohio enjoyed a lecture and concert on opera, performed by a guest tenor, as well as a string trio performance. Fifth graders also presented a musical with a patriotic theme.
  • Trinity Lutheran Nursery School in Park Forest, Illinois had fun with such activities as singing, coloring pictures of musical instruments, and moving to the World's Largest Concert.
  • Glen Acres Elementary in Lafayette, Indiana had the attention of their hometown as they presented a televised 15-minute presentation on how their school was celebrating Music In Our Schools Month. During their presentation, students gave interviews on MIOSM and sang for the cameras.
  • In Tucson, Arizona students at Harriet Johnson Primary School learned about each of the fifty states and mapped the location of the schools that participated in the concert broadcast.
  • String students at Wintergreen Elementary School in Greenville, North Carolina wrote their very own musical compositions, and the band students played a joint concert with students from a neighboring school.
  • In Leesburg, Virginia at Evergreen Mill Elementary School, over 225 parents attended music class with their children for one week.
  • Franklin Monroe Elementary in Arcanum, Ohio held a Grandparent Day Sing Along and Game Show called, "Who Wants to Be a Patriotic Citizen?"
  • Sixth grade choir members at Douglas Middle School in Douglas, Wyoming celebrated MIOSM by writing announcements about MIOSM which were aired on local radio stations.
  • Students and guests from Yulee Elementary School in Yulee, Florida were treated to a performance by members of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
  • Students from Jim Stone Elementary in Conway, Arkansas joined their voices with students from across the state in a sing-along at the state capitol.
  • Parents, teachers, and friends of Black Fox Elementary in Cleveland, Tennessee displayed their musical talents for students on "Musicians Among Us Day!" Students also put their best efforts into a school-wide poetry contest. The theme for the poems was "Make Music, America! 2000."
  • At Rolling Green Elementary in Urbandale, Iowa , a percussionist specializing in steel drums served as artist-in-residence for one week in March. The program was partially funded through a grant from the Iowa Arts Council.
  • At Longs Creek Elementary School in San Antonio, Texas each student created a leaf, with their family's favorite songs on it, to hang on the musical family tree.
  • At Walnut Elementary School in Emporia, Kansas students integrated technology by enjoying software and Internet activities to augment learning about the WLC songs.

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Highlights

Memorial Day
Find a way to honor the American men and women who have sacrificed their lives in wars and military disputes this Memorial Day (May 30). Some of our most popular activities include: World War II Student Project, Chronology of Conscription in the U.S., and American Flag, Memorial Day Videos, and "In Flanders Fields" -- History and Poetry!

May Calendar of Events
May is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Transportation Week (May 15-21), Museum Day (5/18), and Memorial Day (5/30). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Get Caught Reading Month, Inventors Month, National Family Month (May 8 - June 19), Physical Fitness & Sports Month all May long!

Videos
Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, the American Revolution, and the environment. Enjoy!

Coding & Computer Science
Introduce your students to basic coding and computer science! Our Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Kids, Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Teens, and Hour of Code resources make a great introduction to the computer science skills all students will benefit from.