P. O. BOX 2120

January 14, 2000


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: JoLynne DeMary
Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Music In Our Schools Month, March 2000

March has been officially designated as Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM) by 
the Music Educators National Conference, a professional association with nearly 
70,000 members. This year commemorates the twenty-sixth national observance of 
MIOSM, a time when schools and communities throughout the country and overseas 
will celebrate MIOSM with concerts and other activities based on the theme @Make 
Music, America!@ Classrooms, concert halls, civic buildings, clubs, parks, 
libraries, and shopping malls will provide the arenas for the public to observe 
the processes and results of music education. The World's Largest Concert (WLC) 
is a highlight of MIOSM and emphasizes the value of music in every child's 
education. This concert has been endorsed by the American Association of School 
Administrators and the National PTA.

On Thursday, March 9, 2000, from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, the 16th 
annual WLC will be broadcast nationwide by PBS to link millions of school children, 
teachers, and citizens from around the world in a sing-along program.  In Virginia, 
the WLC will be broadcast by WHRO (15) in Norfolk, WHTJ (41) in Charlottesville, 
WNVT (53) in Fredericksburg/Goldvein, WVPT (51) in Harrisonburg, WCVE (23) in 
Richmond, WBRA (15) in Roanoke, WMSY (52) in Marion, and WSBN (47) in Norton.

A teacher's guide for the 2000 WLC, along with tips for celebrating MIOSM, is 
available now from Music Educators National Conference by accessing their website 
at The teacher's guide and music for the WLC can be received by 
writing to MENC Member Services, 1806 Robert Fulton Drive, Reston, VA 20191 and 
enclosing $5 for shipping.

For additional information about MIOSM or the WLC contact Dr. Theresa Lee, 
fine arts/music specialist, K-12, Virginia Department of Education at 
804/786-8078 or