Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®)

This year’s MIOSM theme is “Music: The Sound of My Heart.”

One hundred music students from across North Carolina have been invited to submit videos for the virtual choir project, We Rise. The song is about how the community of musicians has come together to support each other during the pandemic. The premier of the virtual choir performance will be announced mid-March.



Music & lyrics for We Rise were composed by Adam Mitchell, Music Teacher at Cash Elementary School, Kernersville, NC. Mr. Mitchell is a native of Wilmington, N.C. and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Voice and Music Education. He is currently the general music teacher at Cash Elementary where he teaches kindergarten through fifth grade music, and is the founding director of the Cash Elementary Cougar Chorus.



Biff Watson, Nashville Studio Musician and Country Music Association Foundation Board Member created and recorded the guitar accompaniment for We Rise. Biff has been involved since 1971 in the Nashville music industry as a session musician, producer, writer, publisher and manager. He has been featured in Guitar Player, Guitar World and MIX magazines and is a two-time Academy of Country Music nominee for Guitar Player of the Year. Learn more about him at his website



More MIOSM® Events

NC Honors Orchestra Virtual Video Performance

The Fire Within commissioned by the NC Orchestra Section
Brian Balmages, composer
Video produced by NC Symphony cellist, Nathanial Yaffe

River City Drumbeat Virtual Screening

This inspiring documentary chronicles generations of African American mentors in Louisville, Kentucky’s West End neighborhood and their work to empower children and teens through creative expression. The virtual screening will be available to NCMEA members for a 14 day period in March. Registration is required. A Q&A discussion with acclaimed filmmaker Marlon Johnson will be scheduled for late March.