March is National Music in Our Schools Month

According to National Education Partnership, music helps students in a variety of ways, including cultivating better thinking skills and strengthening perseverance and creativity. Every March, educational institutions across the country celebrate Music in Our Schools Month (MISOM), a special event that’s strongly supported by the National Association for Music Education. They normally help the festivities along by providing participating educators with a variety of complimentary audio files and promotional materials. However, institutions that choose to join in on the fun will need age-appropriate school furniture on hand as well. That said, here’s a look at several items that will surely help enhance your music room and make any MIOSM 2015 event memorable.

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NPS Offers Free Shipping on Stages and Risers

With graduation ceremonies just around the corner, NPS’s offer of free shipping on all of their stages, risers and accessories couldn’t be better news. High schools, colleges and universities face a spike in budget expenses when planning for graduation season. These special events require more than just furniture for the students gaining their diplomas, but also require consideration for all of the family, friends and guest that will be in attendance.

To help with these expensive events, anyone can now purchase any NPS brand stage, seated riser, choral risers and staging accessories and have the shipping fee completely waived!

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Students of The Stage

Ramp up your Shakespeare in the Park this year with Midwest Folding Portable Stages.  Portable and durable, these stages can be just the lift your students need to deliver those lines with perfection.  Visit Worthington Direct’s online store at to find the stage or riser that’s just right for your production.


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Each summer the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival demonstrates the timelessness of Shakespeare’s works to kids of all ages with its free educational outreach programs. They are conducted this year in collaboration with the Nevada Shakespeare Company, the only professional, non-profit theatre company in the state.

Beginning July 24, the D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare performances are held at area amphitheaters, community centers and parks throughout Reno-Sparks, Carson City and Lake Tahoe communities and this year feature the enduring masterpiece Romeo & Juliet.

“Educating youth about theater and the importance of arts in the community is a driving force of our organization and we’re very excited to be expanding our Young Shakespeare outreach so significantly this season, especially in collaboration with the Nevada Shakespeare Company,” said Catherine Atack, executive director of the Festival. “By presenting such a well known classroom favorite this year with Romeo & Juliet, and by offering the InterACT Workshops, our goal is to appeal to a wider youth audience and provide workshops using text from this year’s educational curriculum in order to best aid regional teachers.”

Advance reservations are required for all performances. The Young Shakespeare program is made possible in part by Chair Emeritus, Geno Menchetti, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and the Nevada Shakespeare Company. All performances are free for children and chaperones. To reserve space for the Young Shakespeare performances, visit or call (775) 832-1616.

New for this year, the festival has expanded its educational program to include in-school outreach with its InterACT Workshop Series offered free to qualified schools and youth organizations. InterACT, available for booking throughout the academic year and summer holiday season, is a series of dynamic humanities-based workshops that are highly interactive and feature activities to help students understand the themes of Shakespeare’s works as well as the world of theatre.

Combining the skills of a licensed classroom teacher with that of seasoned theater professionals, InterACT workshops are carefully crafted to meet the specific needs of the students by engaging them in acting games and discussions, with the culmination of the course being a live performance of selected scenes. Through the workshops, students develop critical and creative thinking skills as they bring Shakespeare’s written word to life.