Music in Schools Month

March 2018

We're dedicated to enriching the lives of our community's children through artistic expression in the classroom. The MSO standard of excellence extends beyond the concert hall and into the community, reaching more than 40,000 children and their families through its Arts in Community Education (ACE) program, Youth and Teen concerts, Meet the Music pre-concert talks, and Friday Evening Post-Concert Talkbacks.

This season, we join our partners at Civic Music Association to celebrate music education and the music educators who enrich their students’ lives each year with the power of music. We invite you to join us in saluting music teachers this month. As part of our celebration, the following educators will be recognized on Educators’ Night at our March 10 performance. We honor them for their individual contributions to music education in our city:

Emma Angoli, Mukwonago High School, Music Teacher of the Year

Mary Pat Michels, West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, Educational Administrator of the Year

Jodi Rupnow, Woodside Elementary, Hamilton School District, ACE Teacher of the Year

Terry Little, Dixon Elementary, Elmbrook Schools, Excellence in Instrumental Music

Brent Johnston, Whitefish Bay High School, Excellence in Choral Music

James Vernola, ALBA School, Milwaukee Public Schools, Excellence in General Music

Peter Thomas, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Excellence in Studio Music

Bernard Zinck, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Excellence in Studio Music

Thomas Spitz, School District of New Berlin, Wisconsin Intergenerational Orchestral, Excellence in Youth Music Instruction

Thank you to our award winners and to all teachers who are passionate about arts and music education in our schools.


Celebrating its 28th year, our Arts in Community Education (ACE) program provides students with a comprehensive learning experience by integrating music and arts into daily core subjects. With close to 8,000 K5 – 5th grade students engaged each year, ACE introduces Milwaukee area youth to the transformative power of music and arts. ►Learn more about ACE


Each year over 30,000 students in grades K-12 experience the wonder of live orchestral music through MSO Concerts for Schools. These curriculum-based programs feature great works of the vast symphonic repertoire performed by the professional musicians of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. ►Learn more about Concerts for Schools

ABOUT Music in Schools Month

March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month®, the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. The purpose is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that schools are where all children should have access to music. 


Music In Schools Month Ms Borden ACE


Imagine a place where every child is different, but they learn together in harmony. Catch last year's ACE Teacher of the Year Jane Borden in action with her students.