Music In Our Schools Month
March and the 2015 Music In Our Schools Month will be here before you know it! MIOSM is an opportunity for the music educators of Pennsylvania to display their performing ensembles in front of many of the folks in PA who make the decisions which directly affect our educational lives. Each weekday during March PMEA is allowed to schedule an ensemble in both the main Rotunda (vocal groups) and the East Wing (instrumental groups) to perform for one hour (from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.).
MIOSM serves two main purposes: 1) to give your students an opportunity to perform beyond your school district and to also have the opportunity to see and tour our marvelous and historic State Capitol building; and 2) to advocate, through performance, for music education in Pennsylvania. It is quite common for the local legislators who represent that school district to attend the concert when they are invited. This is an excellent means of keeping music education front and center before those whose decisions will have a direct effect on music education in PA.
PMEA will also hold its 4th Annual Music Education Advocacy Day during MIOSM on Wednesday, March 25. We would like to have a variety of ensembles perform throughout the day during this event. A News conference will be held at 11:00 a.m. with groups performing at 10 a.m. and Noon. All who are able are encouraged to attend!
PMEA is also working with Representative Eddie Day Pashinski’s office to officially recognize March as Music in Our Schools Month, sponsored by PMEA and NAfME. The Representative will present PMEA with an official resolution on Wednesday, March 4 at 11:45 a.m. in the Main Rotunda. All who are able are also encouraged to attend this event.