Santa Fe Independent School District celebrates music in our schools with students in grades K-12 receiving music instruction on a daily basis. As a district, we have very successful music programs. Our band, “The Pride of the Tribe,” had two students qualify for regional band. Most recently, 42 students participated in the Regional Solo & Ensemble Contest held at Clear Lake High School. Nine of the 42 students will advance to state in May.
Our high school choir program for the first time in 22 years had an individual, Lauren Schanfish, qualify for the state choir. She participated in the Treble Choir in San Antonio on Feb. 11. On Feb. 18, this same program took 30 students to UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest held at Angleton High School. Out of those 30 students, 13 of them will advance to sing their solo or ensemble at the state level in Austin.
March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month; the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation.
MIOSM began as a single statewide celebration in 1973, and has grown over the decades to encompass a day, then a week, and then in 1985 to become a monthlong celebration of school music. The purpose of MIOSM is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children — and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music. MIOSM is an opportunity for music teachers to bring their music programs to the attention of the school and the community, and to display the benefits that school music brings to students of all ages.
The celebration continues to grow each year, reaching more and more students, teachers, musicians and music supporters. Schools and communities throughout the country and overseas celebrate MIOSM with concerts and other activities based on the year’s theme. Classrooms, concert halls, civic buildings, clubs, parks, libraries and community events are just some of the arenas in which the public can observe the processes and results of music education.
As many as 52 state organizations (representing each state, the District of Columbia and Europe) play an active role in the observance, securing governors’ proclamations, enlisting the support of school boards, superintendents and establishing organizational structures to help reach individual music teachers. The major goal for the MIOSM celebrations is to involve students, administrators and parents. Other national arts and education organizations also lend their endorsements and support to the programs through publications and events.
MIOSM and the events surrounding it are the ideal opportunities for increasing awareness of the benefits of high quality music education programs in our district’s schools. NAfME hopes that teachers, students and music supporters alike will find ways to join in on the celebration through creative activities and advocacy.
The mission of the district’s fine arts program is to enrich learning by inspiring students to explore and develop creative expression through the arts.