COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 18
February 7, 1997

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Music In Our Schools Month, March 1997

 
  Since 1985, March has been designated as Music In Our
  Schools Month (MIOSM) by the Music Educators National
  Conference (MENC), a professional association representing
  more than 60,000 music educators.  MIOSM is a time of
  musical celebration and music appreciation for students,
  teachers, parents, and community.  MIOSM provides
  opportunities for students to get involved in projects and
  activities that focus on the integration of the SOLs.  It is
  hoped that each school in your division will participate in
  some way.

  A focal point of MIOSM is the World's Largest Concert (WLC). 
  On Thursday, March 13, from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m., your local
  Instructional Television Station will broadcast the WLC from
  the Desert Sky Pavilion in Phoenix, Arizona.  Led by The
  Canadian Brass, the Dobson High School Symphony Orchestra,
  and the 5th Grade Honor Choir from Tempe School District #3,
  more than eight million students, teachers, and citizens
  from around the world will perform the same concert program
  simultaneously.

  The theme for MIOSM and the WLC is Music--It's Worth It! 
  This theme was chosen to reflect the convictions that the
  study of music is worth the time, efforts, and financial
  resources of schools and communities, that musical study in
  school leads to lifelong pleasure and achievement, and that
  music itself is intrinsically valuable.  MENC has sent
  information about ordering the 1997 WLC Teacher's Guide and
  other support materials to local music educators.

  Further information about MIOSM may be obtained by
  contacting Dr. Theresa G. Bailey, Specialist for Fine Arts
  Education (Music), Virginia Department of Education
  (804/786-8078).


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