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Celebrating Music In Our Schools Month

Schedule of Events - Saturday, March 17
(events are free unless otherwise noted)

9 am      Open House & Family Concert - Introducing Wolfgang Amadeus Schmutzinberry  ($10 per family)

1 pm     Mischa Zupko and the Skokie Montessori School
MIC Composer-in-Residence Mischa Zupko will explore all things musical with students from Skokie Montessori School. Building on the skills that the Skokie Recorder Level 1 and 2 students have developed with MIC instructor Rachel Page, Mr. Zupko will focus on the expressive qualities composers build into their works.

3 pm    Sears School with Axiom Brass and Quintet Attacca
Join MIC in celebrating Music In Our Schools Month as we honor Sears School and Band Director Patrick Dawson with the second annual award for Excellence in Instrumental Music. This award recognizes the hard work and dedication of Mr. Dawson and his students with a monetary award for the band program and scholarships for private study at MIC. In addition to performing several selections in MIC’s acclaimed Nichols Concert Hall, the Sears School Band will have the opportunity to play alongside members of two of MIC’s professional ensembles-in-residence, the Axiom Brass and the Quintet Attacca. Don’t miss the celebration!

4:45 pm   Brass Fanfares & Evanston Escola de Samba
MIC and the Evanston Escola de Samba present a high energy, family concert. Play the percussion instruments of the Brazillian Bateria and dance to the rhythms of Carnaval during this thrilling culmination of MIC’s Music In Our Schools Celebration! The concert also features a trumpet welcome by students from  MIC’s Dawes School and Walker School “Brass for Beginners” Program, followed by MIC Trumpet Ensembles fanfare. Don’t miss Evanston Escola de Samba, recently named Chicago’s top samba school experience!

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More About Music In Or Schools Month

March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM®).  The Music Institute of Chicago is proud to take part with a day-long celebration featuring concerts and activities on March 17.


Each March, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) encourages music education to become a focus of schools across the nation. MIOSM began as a single statewide celebration in 1973, and has grown to become a month long celebration of school music. The purpose of MIOSM is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music. MIOSM is an opportunity for music teachers to bring their music programs to the attention of the school and the community and to display the benefits school music brings to students of all ages.

Hear what these performing artists have to say about the importance of music in the schools.

 Joshua Bell

John Corigliano
James Galway
The 5 Browns
Marian McPartland

Teacher Spotlight on Carrie Schrader, violin
Teacher Spotlight: Carrie Schrader, Suzuki violin

"The love and true passion that Suzuki instilled in each student is inspiring and each day I teach, I want to become the best version of myself to share the passion and love of music."