MUSIC IN THE High SCHOOLS: Grades 9-12
Registration is now closed for MITHS 2023.
ALL SCHOOLS: During the month of February, the United States Marine Band will offer free virtual clinics to U.S. high school music programs. Students will have the opportunity to learn from and work with current members of the band on a variety of offered topics. Read virtual clinic descriptions here.
Clinics last about 45 minutes. Space is limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. A minimum of five students must be in attendance for the clinic. Please submit only one request per educator.
DC, MD & VA ONLY: High schools in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia can request an in-person clinic if the school is located within a 30-mile radius of Marine Barracks Washington. Read in-person clinic descriptions here.
MUSIC IN THE SCHOOLS: Grades 2-5
Registration is now closed for MITS 2022.
In October the U.S. Marine Band offers "Music in the Schools" as a free music enrichment program to elementary schools in D.C., Maryland and Virginia within 15 miles of Marine Barracks Washington. Designed for grades 2-5, these 45-minute programs introduce musical instruments and concepts in an interactive and engaging way. During the program, Marine Band musicians perform a wide range of music geared specifically toward elementary school students. Presentations feature instrument demonstrations, explanations about how instruments produce sound, instruction on musical terms, and a question and answer session.
In order to maintain an effective program, a maximum of 150 students is recommended and the presentation must be scheduled as part of the formal school day. Teachers/administrators must be present for the duration of the performance.
Space is limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Three performing ensembles are available in 2022:
Woodwind Quintet: The presentation includes an introduction to each instrument of the woodwind quintet as well as individual elements of music such as melody, harmony, dynamics, tempo, rhythm, and how those elements work together to create music. A wide variety of musical examples will be used to demonstrate these musical elements, including John Philip Sousa's "Semper Fidelis," Gabriel Faure's "Pavane," Beethoven's "Symphony no. 5" and Pharrell Williams' "Happy."
Brass Quintet: The show is an energetic, educational and comical show that introduces five elements of music. Musicians of the Marine Band will introduce the concepts of melody, bass line, harmony, rhythm and dynamics through a variety of classical, jazz, popular music and a Sousa March! Kids will be encouraged to sing, clap and laugh along with the group.
String Quartet: Exploring the role of music at the White House! Who are the guests honored there? How are students connected to them? Students will find the answers to these questions and leave inspired to dream about their future energized with music by Mozart, Aretha Franklin, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.