Salute to Music in Our Schools Month
Each March participating schools throughout the country showcase the talents of their music students. Through various concerts and educational activities, Music in Our Schools Month, or MIOSM, raises awareness and appreciation of music education programs.
Musical training has been a part of the curriculum of public and private schools in San Antonio from the 19th century to now. In observance of MIOSM, Special Collections presents some of the photographs from our collections that document the teaching of music in local schools. The earliest, from the 1880s, is a class portrait taken for the school and the parents. A descendant of one of the students loaned us his original to copy for our General Photograph Collection (MS 362). Another more recent group portrait of music students is from the Zintgraff Studio Photograph Collection (MS 355). The others, from the San Antonio Light Photograph Collection (MS 359), were taken for newspaper articles relating to music education in San Antonio schools.