The Concert for Music In Our Schools Month FAQ

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What is the Concert for Music In Our Schools Month?

The Concert for Music In Our Schools Month is the new name for The World’s Largest Concert. The World’s Largest Concert is a sing-along concert that was a highlight of MIOSM® since 1985. Linking students around the world through songs and lesson plans provided by the National Association for Music Education, the WLC reached an estimated 6 million students, teachers, and music supporters over the years.

In 2012, the Concert became known as the Concert for Music In Our Schools Month.  

When is the 2016 Concert?

Schools are encouraged to sing all or any number of the 2016 Concert songs at any time during the entire month of March 2016 – Music In Our Schools Month.

The official date and time for The Concert for Music In Our Schools Month is the second Thursday of March at 1:00 PM EST.

Where can I purchase the 2016 Concert?

In 2016, the Concert performances will be online, free of charge.

What is the theme for Music In Our Schools Month 2016?

‘Music Inspires’

May I use the Concert for MIOSM music in other concerts throughout the year?

This music is for use during Music In Our Schools Month 2016, only. Any other use is strictly prohibited. All copies must be collected and destroyed by March 31, 2016.

NAfME is able to provide the music for the 2016 Concert for Music In Our Schools Month because the copyright holders have generously granted us permission to do so. Teachers are permitted to reproduce sufficient copies of this music for use in preparation for and performances of the 2016 The Concert for Music In Our Schools Month only. When you reproduce the music, please be sure that the copyright notice appears once on each piece.

How do I use music that appears too difficult from my young students?

The Concert songs are chosen to appeal to students ranging from K-12. Teachers can reach all ability levels by teaching just the melody lines, rhythm instrument parts, or other elements of the songs that are accessible to their students individually. Individual songs may also be divided and sung by different groupings and classes of students.

By watching and discussing the concert videos that are posted on the website, all students can learn about stage presence, phrasing, diction, musicality, performance practice, and many other musical elements as they are presented by schools from across the country.

How are the songs selected for the Concert?

The Concert repertoire is selected by a team of member teachers of the National Association for Music Education and the Concert Producer, an NAfME staff member. Music is chosen to appeal to students K-12, keeping in mind the needs and preferences of our member teachers as expressed in a 2011 nationwide survey.

The 2016 repertoire was chosen from suggestions from teachers nationwide, who contacted us with favorite songs they have sung in the Concert over the years.

We welcome the input of our members as music is considered for future concerts. Suggestions can be sent to the attention of Jill Staton, Jills@nafme.org.