Classical 91.5

Music In Our Schools Month 2018

Music In Our Schools Month® is an annual celebration during March which engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools.

This year WXXI Classical 91.5 is joining the celebration with a variety of on-air and online content. 

Classical 91.5 is partnering with the Rochester Education Foundation to collect musical instruments and supplies to provide used musical instruments for Rochester city students, increase city students' musical performance opportunities, support the purchase of musical instruments for in-school use, and provide summer music lessons for students. The program also provides new musical instruments to enable college-bound students to be successful.  If you don't have an instrument to donate, you can support REF's work to send RCSD students to summer music camps.  Find out more.

Take in a musical or concert at one of the schools in our region.  Here's a comprehensive list of MIOSM celebrations in regional school districts.

Share a story, tribute or memory of a music teacher that makes a difference.

Learn more about MIOSM.

"Such a blessing"

Mar 20, 2018

This month I was stymied by the challenge to recall my earliest connection with classical the home, yes I suppose.  I recall Spike Jones (1940s!) and Broadway shows, and no specific classical stuff comes to mind.  When Brenda played the "Largo" from the New World Symphony, that hit the nerve, so here is a tribute to my music teacher in backwards, 1950s, James Island, South Carolina. 

I was in 4th and 5th grades.

For the past two years Classical 91.5 has partnered with the Rochester Education Foundation (REF) to secure the donation of instruments that will be provided to students in the Rochester City School District who wish to play an instrument.  So far this year...

Michelle Martorell

Beginning in March, Music In Our Schools Month, the Eastman School of Music will launch Eastman to Go (formerly Music for All), a series of community events throughout Rochester. Eastman to Go will provide several visits to elementary through high school classrooms, libraries and retirement communities. Eastman to Go focuses on community outreach and all events are free and open to the public.

Brook Nance

Meet Casey Springstead: he's the longtime wind ensemble director at Irondequoit High School, the Music Director for the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra and, because his schedule isn't full enough already, a French hornist in the Penfield Symphony Orchestra. In September of 2017, he was given the Faculty Service Award at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance.

Bill Tiberio's work as a musician and a teacher has an impact throughout the Rochester community. You can hear him playing saxophone with his band, or see him  conducting the Music Educators Wind Ensemble and Music Educators Big Band based at the Eastman Community Music School, and most of all, know that he has inspired generations of music students as a teacher at Fairport High School for more than 30 years.

Music In Our Schools Month® is an annual celebration during March which engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools.

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Teacher Mark Phinney taps into a child's world of play using the Orff Schulwerk Method at John James Audubon School 33 in Rochester, New York.    His students range from kindergarten age to sixth grade, and he says he loves working with them.

The Orff Schulwerk Method is vastly different from the way Mark learned to make music.

"We were basically in the 'sit and get.'  We sat and we were told, and that's what we did.   Here, you come in and you DO.  It's constant activity, music-making, and prepping to make the music. The kids take over!"


Click here for more about Music In Our Schools Month.

Thursday, March 1
Brighton District Strings Festival, Brighton, HS, 7:00 pm
Musical Carnival!, Byron Bergen HS, 7:00 pm
Side by Side Concert with Nazareth College Symphony, Churchville-Chili Performing Arts Center, 7:00 pm
Megaband MIOSM Festival, 7:00 pm, Webster Schroeder HS


The benefits of music on individuals with autism are widely known. Improved focus, advances in speech and language, and better motor skills. But sometimes it’s about the growth that you can’t quantify in numbers.

On a Tuesday night in a sleepy plaza in Penfield, the Music Education Center is buzzing. Kids are in the waiting room, parents are catching up and students are practicing anything from trombone to piano.

Noah Svokos is a curly haired 13 year old who has been taking piano lessons for 5 years at the center.