COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 27
February 2, 1996

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Music In Our Schools Month, March 1996

 
  March has been officially designated as Music In Our Schools
  Month (MIOSM) by the Music Educators National Conference, a
  professional association representing more than 60,000 music
  educators.  This year commemorates the twenty-second
  national observance of MIOSM, a time when music education
  becomes the focus of schools across the nation.  During
  March, educators are encouraged to provide opportunities for
  students to share musical ideas and accomplishments with
  their families, friends, and communities.  One way to
  highlight MIOSM in our schools is to participate in the
  World's Largest Concert.
  
  The World's Largest Concert (WLC) is the annual nationally-
  televised sing-along concert that unites students across the
  nation and around the world through music. The 1996 the WLC,
  with the theme  Music Is Key," will originate from the
  Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan. 
  Featured on stage will be the Northwestern Michigan
  Children's Choir and the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra. 
  The WLC will be broadcast over PBS on Thursday, March 7,
  1996, at 1:00 PM EST.
  
  A free teacher's guide that contains reproducible student
  music, piano accompaniments, and performance instructions is
  available for the WLC from MENC Publication Sales, 1806
  Robert Fulton Drive, Reston, VA 22091.  Send $2 to cover
  shipping and handling.
  
  Additional information about MIOSM may be obtained by
  contacting Theresa Bailey, Music Specialist K-12, Department
  of Education at (804) 786-8078.
  
  
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