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Junior High and Elementary Schools. EVERYONE should use the MIOSM logo on your programs, web page, emails, etc. all year long. Start TODAY and add it to your email, web, and spring concert programs.


“Music Lasts a Lifetime” is the theme for the 2012 Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM) for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME formerly MENC). NOW is the time to send your World’s Largest Concert video proposal in writing to Susan Lambert at NAfME (MENC). It’s easy–just a short paragraph to NAfME explaining what you would film if selected. Last year we had several schools from Illinois represented in the WLC national video.


As you can see from the information below, Rock Island Line is on of the songs that can be selected to perform on the video. Te fact that the Rock Island Line came through Illinois should inspire some ideas in our state!


An example of the video proposal as suggested by NAfME might be: “my 35 students in grades 4th through 6th are going to wear their red school T-shirts singing Rock Island Line. Tey will be filmed in front of the 150 year old train station in our town. Te historical significance of this railroad to Illinois and this song is . . . ”


Te deadline to apply is September 26. For full details see the official applica- tion at https://www.nafme.org/zforms/ wlc/2012student.html:


Te National Association for Music Education is primarily interested in creativity and variety in the student


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performance proposals, although representation of geographic locations and grade levels among the selections are also considered. Please be sure to indicate in your proposal:


• Performance location – outdoors, indoors, gym, auditorium, historic site, public place, etc.


• Details – special costumes, scenery, use of instruments, and choreography


• Anything unique – about your school, performing ensemble, geographic area, or the performance itself.


Each selected school will perform one song, but since there may be an imbalance in the number of propos- als received for a given song, you may submit ideas for up to three. We try to give selected schools their first choice of song, but some flexibility may be necessary.


Choose up to 3 songs from the following song list. Sheet music and performance tracks are available at www.menc.org/ wlc. Please indicate song preference (#1 being first choice).


Discussin’ Percussion Dona Nobis Pacem El Vito Everlasting Melody Feel the Beat Rock Island Line Te Star-Spangled Banner


Mid October you will be notified if you were selected. December is when you make and send in the film of your song. You should not film until after you are notified you were selected.


National Anthem Day An Advocacy Opportunity


National Anthem Day is Wednesday, September 14 at 9 am. Join schools across the United States in celebrating and singing our national anthem. NAfME sponsors and encourages everyone to observe this special day. Visit thenation- alanthemproject.org for more on the his- tory of the national anthem, and for tips on planning a celebration. Tis is another opportunity for music educators to create an advocacy event in their community.


“Music programs nationwide are in danger. State and local legislators are attempting to make up for funding shortfalls in this difficult economy by cutting education budgets, which can place school music at risk. Advocacy takes place on many fronts, and advocates for music education need to learn to speak to different audiences, each of whom has a key contribution to make. Now’s the time to get involved and do your part to ensure that America’s students have access to a comprehensive, sequential music education taught by exemplary music educators.” (from NAfME)


Please send copies of all programs and press received to both me for IMEA files and to NAfME. I look forward to seeing what you have planned!


Sarah Bush Randolph, MIOSM IL Chair Lockport School District #91 www.d91.net


(select Music Dept.–Music Teachers) randolphd91@yahoo.com (put Music in subject) S: 815.838.0737 ext. 140 H: 815.725.6833 Home: 1300 Kenmore Ave. Joliet, IL 60435


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