By Clairissa Moore
March is Music in Our Schools Month (MOISM), but few know why it exists. Music In Our Schools Day was created by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), then known as Music Educators National Conference, in the early 1970’s. On March 13th, 1973 in New York State, the first MIOSD was celebrated as an opportunity to “communicate the purposes and processes of music education, as well as demonstrate results” and “encourage support for the arts in education.” The day quickly grew support from music organizations all over the country, and expanded to Music In Our Schools Week in 1977 when participants wanted more time to schedule events. Less than a decade later, in 1985, the event expanded once more to the month long celebration we know today.
This year, the theme for MIOSM is “All Music, All People.” Mr. Scott Weber, who teaches Music Technology and runs the Jazz Band here at East, says what that theme means to him. “To me, All Music, All People means that it is never too late for anyone to learn, and it is never too late for me as a teacher to provide opportunities for students.” March is a time to highlight the opportunities every East High student has to have music as a part of their education. According to Weber, the music curriculum at East has changed to suit the interests of our students. More students than ever are taking music courses like Chorus, Band, Intro to Music Technology, Jazz Band, Songwriting, Piano, and more because of the increased variety. So, in 2019, East High has all the music, for all the people.