For the 14th consecutive year, The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation named the Cobb County School District to its list of the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME).
The NAMM Foundation, in cooperation with researchers at The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas, reviews survey results to determine the school districts that produce the most outstanding music education programs each year.
CCSD has made the list 15 out of the 18 years of the award program. The list recognizes the efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders to make music education part of the curriculum. The designated school districts demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.
According to the NAMM Foundation, school districts like CCSD set the bar in offering students access to comprehensive music education.
This year, the designation takes on added significance with new research showing strong ties between K-12 school students who actively participate in school music education programs and overall student success. A recent study of students in the Chicago Public Schools by brain researchers at Northwestern University, detailed in Neuroscientist and Education Week, builds on previous findings that participation in music education programs helps improves brain function, discipline and language development.
“Studying music has intrinsic benefits and, on its own, is core to learning. Also, the links between student success and music education have now been demonstrated by brain researchers in multiple studies,” said Mary Luehrsen, Executive Director of The NAMM Foundation. “The schools and districts our foundation recognizes are building on that connection between music and academics. These schools and districts are models for other educators who see music as a key ingredient in a well-rounded curriculum that makes music available to all children, regardless of zip code.”
The BCME program evaluates districts based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. The 2017 BCME list includes 527 school districts.