Mar 15, 2016 2016-03-15
Over the last 30 years, the National Association for Music Education has designated March for the observance and celebration of Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM). The purpose of MIOSM is to raise awareness of the importance of music education and to advocate for equitable access to music education for all students in all schools. Whether students are celebrating holidays, exploring new cultures and languages, or just having fun, music has a way of opening their ears and minds. World Music for Children, a website from an award-winning educator and musician, was given a Parents’ Choice Award for its family-friendly introduction of world music to young people and its resources for teachers, parents, and special education professionals. The Instruments section allows children to color, hear, and find instructions on how to make world music instruments, such as cajónes (box drums), didgeridoos, shekeres, powwow drums, and güiros, along with cultural background information.