Music in Our Schools Month

Music in Our Schools Month
Shawnee Mission School District

We are giving a round of applause to all who make music in our SMSD schools.  

This March is the 36th annual Music in Our Schools Month, led by the National Association for Music Education.

The theme of the national recognition of Music In Our Schools Month is “Music: The Sound of My Heart.” The theme encourages students and staff to reflect on the role of music education, especially during the pandemic.

“It is evident how the social-emotional benefits have carried through the pandemic and brought joy in their communities,” stated the NAfME in a press release.

Reflecting on the emotions music can evoke, Bill Thomas, SMSD performing arts coordinator and SM West director of bands, talked about how music can change the feel of a movie, take our imagination on a journey, or even “comfort the soul or inspire a nation.”

“Each day our teachers help students learn to appreciate the sounds around them, and then more importantly, they help them add to the musical conversation through creating their own musical thoughts, textures, and melodies,” Thomas shared.

Thank you to everyone who brings music into the lives of students every day.