March: Music in our Schools Month

I like to celebrate Music in Our Schools Month in the month of March each year. Sometimes I have had a contest where I have stuck small laminated eighth notes to the walls all over the school. I had a box where students could submit their guesses on how many total notes there were, and at the end of the month, I gave out small prizes to the winners.

I also dedicate the month of March to learning one composer. I don’t normally teach about many composers – because I feel it’s mostly lecturing, and I want the students to experience music more than learn about music. However, I know there is a time to learn about the great composers and hear great music. We also use this time to become composers ourselves (in 2nd through 5th grades), using the Sibelius music program to notate our original compositions.

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