Music In Our Schools Month – It’s Here For 2012!

NAfME Pict

NAfME Pict

For the fast few years, I’ve been “hyping-up!” the Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM) initiative.  It’s a great time to advocate for what we do  as music teachers in our schools and abroad!   The “Music In Our Schools” idea manifested itself as a state-wide celebration in 1973 and has continued into what it is today.  A brief history (and archive) of MIOSM may be found here:


I will be archiving all of the Twitter Tweets about MIOSM this month and have already started a Google Doc to house them (I’ll post the link to it at the end of the month).   To participate in the Twitter MIOSM conversations all you have to do is follow the #miosm hashtag or Tweet using it.  In addition, the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) will be posting a fact or quote a day related to #MIOSM.  Below is a direct link to see what the Twitter Tweeters are discussing with regard to MIOSM:

The following is a widget that you might like to use this month on your Website(s) to stir the conversation about MIOSM and better follow it … it includes posts from @NAfME, me, and all of the #MIOSM postings from other Tweeters:

Here is the code to CUT&PASTE into your Website or Blog:

<script charset="utf-8" src=""></script>
new TWTR.Widget({
  version: 2,
  type: 'search',
  search: '#miosm OR from:pisanojm OR from:nafme',
  interval: 30000,
  title: 'MIOSM, NAfME, and Dr. Pisano Tweets',
  subject: 'Celebrating Music In Our Schools Month!',
  width: 250,
  height: 300,
  theme: {
    shell: {
      background: '#619eba',
      color: '#ffffff'
    tweets: {
      background: '#ffffff',
      color: '#444444',
      links: '#1985b5'
  features: {
    scrollbar: false,
    loop: true,
    live: true,
    behavior: 'default'


NAfME has a landing page for MIOSM that has a wealth of MIOSM-related information, including: an MIOSM Advocacy PledgeMIOSM Flag CertificateWhy Music? Celebrity PSAs for MIOSM and more!  You may find this page here:


I’m also very excited to say that Richard McCready (Twitter @richardmcready) and I have been working on a “top-secret” project to launch in celebration of MIOSM!   We are hoping to post this on this coming Monday, so keep your eyes on MusTech.Net for the posting!

Happy MIOSM-ing!   Please pass the word and celebrate with all of us!

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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is the creator of many education websites, a lecturer, clinician, trumpeter, and conductor. He is currently the Associate Chair of Music and Director of Bands in the Calderwood School of Arts at Grove City College in PA. He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award and the PA Citation of Excellence. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators and the current Vice-President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He also writes for DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and is the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. Find out more at his website