Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March is Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM)!

By BVP Music Director Piera Leone

This year, I’m very excited to announce that our very own 5th graders are showcased on the National Association for Music Education website singing “Funga Alafia,” a Nigerian song of greeting.  This is one of the songs the association provides to music educators as an opportunity to be showcased on their website-- and we are!  The video that gets the most views and likes between now and March 31st will win sound software for their school, so please watch, enjoy, and like us!

Across our nation, March is Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM).  Fortunately here at Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) Mayoral Academy, scholars continue to enjoy music in our schools every month!   We at BVP have always believed that music can help scholars not only academically, but also in the areas of emotional awareness, reflective learning, process orientation, decision-making, grit, creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.

At all of our schools great music making is happening.  At both elementary schools our kindergarteners are learning how to properly use their singing voices, dance, and perform.  Our first graders already had their winter musicals and are continuing their practice with singing, dancing, and basic music theory!  Our second graders across campuses play the recorder.  Since each school is unique, at Elementary School 1 (ES1) all scholars start violin in the third grade, while at ES2 they start keyboard.  At ES1, 4th graders participate in string orchestra.

Going up into our Middle School, our fifth graders are involved in chorus and have just started their first rhythm orchestra that includes a percussion section along with strings.  Our 6th graders started singing and playing guitar, learned some neat body percussion, and are currently writing their own guitar songs.  Our 7th graders started the year with bucket drumming, and are now singing as a chorus.  Our 8th graders began composing digital film scores and now are learning how to play a song of their choice on guitar.  The High School Digital Music ELO has done a variety of projects creating and composing music using iPads with apps like Garage Band, Loopy HD, and ThumbJam (a special thank you goes to Bristol Savings Bank for their generous grants to help us start our strings, keyboard, and digital music classes!).

Thank you all for your continued support in sharing the importance of music education in ALL schools.  Your help brings us one step closer to achieving our vision, which is to create a world-class music program that truly supports our scholars' journey on their path to success in college and the world beyond. My dream is to have many-- if not all-- schools follow our lead!  Don’t forget to follow me on twitter to get updates on our music program.  Keep checking DonorsChoose.org for any BVP music projects that can use help being completed! Lastly, please always encourage music practice at home, no matter what the instrument.   

I look forward to celebrating MIOSM with you throughout the month of March!

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