AISD Among Best Communities for Music Education

AISD Among Best Communities for Music Education
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March 29, 2016 -- Amarillo ISD has been honored for the second time with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. AISD joins only 476 districts across the country, and 40 in Texas, in receiving the prestigious award in 2016.

The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to school districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

Districts that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation often serve as models for other educators and schools looking to boost their own music education programs.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, AISD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music programs. Responses were verified and reviewed by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“This is the stamp of approval for quality music programs in America,” said AISD Fine Arts Director Cody Myers. “There’s value in music education because music changes lives. Students who are in music often perform at an academically higher level and graduate at an increased rate.”

AISD’s music program is rooted in Kodály, which is one of the most revered music education approaches in the world, and is presented by music specialists at the elementary level. Students receive in-depth exposure to music technology, composition and movement components. “What it boils down to is finding the best teachers you can find and supporting them at the level they need to be supported,” said Myers. “I’ve seen students stay in school simply because they love coming to school because of the music program. That’s what happens when you get teachers in front of them who believe they can achieve and then show them they can do it.”

The non-profit NAMM Foundation is supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. The Foundation advances lifelong, active participation in music-making by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.

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