Carlsbad Unified, San Marcos Unified, and Chula Vista Elementary are three of 20 school districts in California and 754 in the nation to be recognized as the Best Communities for Music Education.
The award from the NAMM Foundation recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education.
Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.
To qualify for the Best Communities designation, these districts answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
“This distinction recognizes the hard work of these districts and their educators to make music a priority for every student,” said San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold. “We know how important music is to a well-rounded, vigorous education and have worked with districts to develop strategic arts plans for all the visual and performing arts.”
Crown Point Junior Music Academy, La Jolla Conservatory of Music, and Mission Hills High School, all in San Diego County, also received the NAMM Foundation’s SupportMusic Merit Award. The award is for individual schools (public, private, parochial, or charter) to be acknowledged for their commitment to music education. It is a school-only distinction awarded as part of the Best Communities for Music Education program. There were only 148 schools recognized across the country.
Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skills benefits for children who make music.
While schools are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, SDCOE has a list of distance learning instructional resources categorized by content area, including the visual and performing arts, so students can continue to be involved with the arts from home.