Hurray! It is Music in Our Schools Month! My favorite teaching month of the year! One of my favorite things to do to celebrate MIOSM is to connect students with the musicality of people around them. I've sent home music interest surveys to parents, played "find a friend who..." games where students find others that like the same kind of music that they do and I've created bulletin boards that showcase the musical backgrounds of teachers and staff members.
These bulletin boards are such a popular display that I find students and staff out staring at it all day. Here's what I do:
1. Send out a survey to teachers and staff members in your building. Have them complete it a week or so before MIOSM begins so that you have time to compile the answers and create your bulletin board. Here's a sample letter that I send out:
Dear Teachers and Staff,
March is Music in Our Schools Month. This month long celebration of music education is facilitated by the National Association for Music Education and has been celebrated in some capacity since 1972. The goal of this month is demonstrate the significance of music education. Would you help me with this year's celebration?
This year I would like to create a bulletin board that showcases the musical backgrounds and/or tastes of teachers and staff in our building. Attached is a short, 10-question survey about your musical background and current musical activities. Please take a moment to complete this and return to me by February 20th.
Your answers will be compiled into a brief narrative and displayed just outside the music room. Your name will be hidden and students and staff members will have to guess who is being described. Don't worry! The answers will be posted too. Look for this display in March.
Thank you for participating in this survey and for your support of music education in our school!
2. Once you have the surveys returned create a brief narrative in Word or PowerPoint that includes 2 or 3 of the survey questions. If you work with older students, this might be a fun project for them! Here are a few examples from my last bulletin board:
3. Next, print out the responses. I usually cut out a small piece of cardstock or use a colored index card and lay over the name at the bottom. Place a piece of tape at the top so that viewers can lift it and see the name of person described above. In the picture below I created the descriptions to be display in half sheet size. In the display below, I used a full sheet layout.
4. Create a title for your display. Some ideas:
- Do You Know These Staff Members by Their Musical Identities?
- WHOOO Knows These Owl Pride Staff Members by their Musical Pasts?
- Celebrate Music in Our School with These Music Lovers
- Musical Mysteries for Music in Our Schools Month
You can download a FREE copy of my survey HERE.
I'd love to see pictures of your display if you decide to survey your staff for MIOSM. You can email them to me or post them to my Facebook page.
Happy Music in Our Schools Month!!!