Now entering its ninth year, the Music In Literature Program (MIL) for grades K-5 provides a wonderful opportunity to expose elementary-age children to the power of music in literature. Books included in the program explore such subjects as cultural music, the life of a composer or musician, diversity, the joys of composing, etc. while offering themes such as overcoming odds, friendship, ethnicity, values and hard work.
The MIL Program pairs elementary schools and professional musicians in an interactive relationship. Not only does the program weave music into the curriculum, but they show teachers how to creatively incorporate components of the arts with the core subject areas of math, English/language arts, science, and social studies.
This is Santa Anna's fifth year to take part in the Music in Literature Program. Ellen Meyer shared her musical talents with K-2nd graders as they read and sang about The Best Mariachi in the World, by J. D. Smith.