HOUSTON – June 11, 2018 – The Spring Independent School District has been named, for the fifth consecutive year, on the list of Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation, an organization that nationally celebrates and promotes the value of music education in schools and communities.
“Districts across the country struggle in maintaining robust arts education programs,” said Spring ISD Director of Performing and Visual Arts Dr. Joe Clark. “While we face many of the same challenges here in Spring ISD, we’re also part of a community that sees the long-term value in music and arts education.”
The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the designation, districts must answer detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses are then verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
“The schools and districts we recognize this year – both new and repeat honorees – represent a diverse group of urban, rural and suburban districts and demographics,” said Mary Luehrsen of the NAMM Foundation in a statement released by the organization. “Along with a strong commitment to music education, there are two common traits that each program shares: consistent funding that anchors music education as part of the core curriculum and music programs that are located in communities where music education is viewed as a jewel of the school system. Parents, administrators and community members are proud of these local music programs and attend them regularly.”
Now in its 19th year, the NAMM Foundation program also promotes information around the positive impacts of music education on students’ overall cognitive, academic and social growth and development. Continuing to expand its reach, this year the program recognized school districts in 41 states, along with individual schools in 35 states and the District of Columbia.
In Spring ISD, according to Clark, earning the distinction for the fifth consecutive year helps show the district’s continued commitment to educating the whole child.
“We repeatedly see music education and arts education programs making a real difference in students’ lives,” Clark said. “They are an important part of how we, as a district, are providing opportunities and choice to all our Spring ISD families. Our community supports the arts, and the arts, in turn, support our community.”