Glee Club discusses college choices and music career pathways with John D. O'Bryant students
BOSTON - Thursday, March 16, 2017 - The Boston Public Schools (BPS) today celebrated Music in Our Schools Month by hosting a teaching and learning concert program at the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science in Roxbury. The program, which is designed to raise awareness about the need for quality music programs for all students, featured the Morehouse College Glee Club, America's oldest consistently performing all-male collegiate glee club under professional directorship.
"Music in Our Schools Month is a great opportunity to encourage students to explore their creative potential," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "This concert allows our students to learn more about music and foster interest as we continue to build upon music and arts programming in our schools."
The Music in Our Schools concert took place in the Roland Hayes Music Center at the O'Bryant School and was broadcast live on Boston Public Schools' Facebook page.
"An increase in the quality of music programs allows students to be more creative and inspired," said Boston School Committee Chairperson Michael O'Neill. "The School Committee believes in a learning environment that allows students to express themselves and bring their ideas to life."
The national Music in Our Schools Month takes place in March and was founded by the National Association for Music Education (NafME). During this celebratory month, administrators, students, educators, parents, and communities across America call attention to the importance of music in schools and society.
"It is essential that we support innovative and creative learning opportunities for students," said BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang. "Music in Our Schools Month provides students with the outlet to watch and celebrate the power of music and its ability to contribute to our education in and out of school."
The program event highlighted the purpose of music in education and demonstrated outcomes of what quality education in music provides. The concert presentation, by the student singing ambassadors of Morehouse, included a question-and-answer dialogue between BPS students, members of the Morehouse Glee Club, and Dr. David E. Morrow, Director of the Glee Club and Professor of Music at Morehouse College.