By Piera Leone, Music Director and Elementary School 1 Music Teacher. As Music Director for Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) Mayoral Academy, I think March is a great month. All across America it’s Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM)! At BVP, in addition to making music with scholars multiple times per week through our regular curriculum, each campus celebrates MIOSM in different ways:
- At Elementary School 1 and Elementary School 3, we’ve been opening our ears by listening to world music and parading around our schools with instruments.
- At Elementary School 2, teachers and scholars have been coming together to create and perform songs during their morning huddles and community circles.
- At the middle school, teachers were surveyed about what music means to them and what they listened to when they were in middle school. By diving into the results, scholars have able to connect to their teachers’ personal music experiences.
Let’s focus on those italicized words above: opening our ears, listening, coming together, create, perform, community, and connect.
|Elementary School 1 scholars during a violin lesson.|
These words are not only used during MIOSM and within our four National Core Music Standards (Creating, Performing, Responding, and Connecting), but they are also used daily when discussing relationships with one another, building strong communities, inspiring children to achieve their dreams, and uniting our nation. America formally recognized this in July of 2015 when the United States Senate passed its bipartisan Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization proposal, the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177). Since then, music and the arts have been core subjects via the Every Child Achieves Act. Fortunately for our scholars, BVP has recognized music and the arts as core subjects since beginning in 2009. For us, music and the arts are just as integral to our mission of preparing our scholars for success in college and the world beyond as academic subjects are. So while MIOSM is only 31 days long, our dedication to these programs is prioritized every other month of the year as well. Would you like to show your BVP Music Program Pride? For the remainder of the month you can support our music programs by purchasing a limited time BVP #gotmusic? t-shirt! Click here to purchase.Happy Music in our Schools Month!
For more information on MIOSM, click here.