Throughout the month of March, Decorah schools and their supporters are celebrating the rich tapestry of music present at every level in the district.

At the elementary schools, students have been treated to “mystery singers” where both staff and students share their vocal talents. In addition, elementary music teacher Sarah Schacherer has been hosting “Kindergarten Informances” where parents/guardians are invited to attend music class to learn alongside the students.

The 6th graders are busy rehearsing for the 6th grade musical–the young performers’ edition of Bye Bye Birdie. Decorah Middle School vocal teacher Dean Beckman shared, “Volunteer parents met yesterday evening, and the search for poodle skirts is on!”

The high school band, orchestra, and vocal musicians are preparing for the State Solo/Ensemble Music Festival; many of them will be performing in more than one area.

The Decorah Music Boosters has been honoring music in Decorah schools by featuring alumni spotlights, benefits of music education, and videos of students rehearsing. 

Finally, the Decorah Community School District Board of Directors joined the mayor in declaring March as Music in Our Schools Month®.  They shared the following:


WHEREAS, for more than 30 years, March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) as Music in Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®), encouraging communities across the nation to focus on music education; and

WHEREAS, music education is part of a well-rounded education for every student as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act; and 

WHEREAS, the purpose of this celebration is to raise awareness of the lasting positive impact of music education on the academic, personal and professional growth of our students; and

WHEREAS, music education shapes the way our students understand themselves and the world around them, allowing for a deep engagement with learning; and

WHEREAS, Music in Our Schools Month® reminds us that school is where all children should have access to music; and

WHEREAS, music educators, students and communities throughout Iowa demonstrate the importance of quality music education programs to the lives of young people

WHEREAS, the state of Iowa joins our music students, educators and communities in celebrating the power of music education;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Board of Directors of the Decorah Community School District does hereby proclaim on March 11, 2024 as Music in Our Schools Month® and encourages our citizens to celebrate and acknowledge every day but especially in March that Music Education is an essential part of every student’s well-rounded education.

This resolution was signed by Board President Cindy Goodner.